Sara Therrien


As a postdoctoral research biologist at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Sara is investigating how Hurricane Sandy affected migrating Surf Scoters, Red-throated Loons and Northern Gannets. Sara's dissertation research at the University of Maryland (graduated in 2014) focused on the in-air and underwater hearing abilities of seaducks and diving ducks, information that is valuable to studies on impacts of anthropogentic noise to aquatic animals. Sara graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008 with her Master's in Biology, where she studied the vocalization patterns of bottlenose dolphins at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. She received her B.A. in biological psychology and environmental studies from New College of Florida in 2005.


Therrien, S.C. 2015. Measuring In-Air and Underwater Hearing in Seabirds. In A.N. Popper and A. Hawkins (Eds.), Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. New York: Springer.

Dooling, R.J. and Therrien, S.C. 2011. Hearing in birds: What changes from air to water. In A.N. Popper and A. Hawkins (Eds.), Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, pp. 77-82. New York: Springer.

Therrien, S.C., Thomas, J.A., Therrien, R.E., and Stacey, R. 2012. Time of day and social change affects underwater sound production of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the Brookfield Zoo.Aquatic Mammals 38(1): 65-75.

Crowell, S.E. 2008. Diel Patterns of Underwater Acoustic Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. Master’s thesis, Western Illinois University.

Crowell, S.E. 2005. Vocal Productions of Rhythms by the Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. Undergraduate thesis, New College of Florida.