Associate Professor Michael Noad

Associate Professor

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
mnoad@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 876

Overview

The perception and use of sound by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).

I'm one of several PIs on a large international collaboration, the Humpback whale Acoustic Research Collaboration, or HARC, which is looking at this off the east coast of Australia. I'm also interested in other aspects of the ecology of the east Australian population of humpback whales, cultural evolution and transmission of song patterns within and among populations of humpback whales, the development of acoustic survey techniques for cetaceans, the potential pathological effects of underwater noise on marine mammals, acoustic communication and behaviour in other taxa, particularly birds, and in the ecology of the leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum).

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Cato, Douglas H., Dunlop, Rebecca A., Noad, Michael J., McCauley, Robert D., Kniest, Eric, Paton, David and Kavanagh, Ailbhe S. (2016). Addressing challenges in studies of behavioral responses of whales to noise. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Ed.), The effects of noise on aquatic life II (pp. 145-152) New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_17

  • Harcourt, Robert, Marsh, Helene, Slip, David, Chilvers, Louise, Noad, Mike and Dunlop, Rebecca (2015). Marine mammals, back from the brink? Contemporary conservation issues. In Adam Stow, Norman Maclea and Gregory I. Holwell (Ed.), Austral ark: the state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 322-353) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Lawler, I.R., Parra, G. and Noad, M.J. (2007). Vulnerability of marine mammals in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change. In Johnson, J.E. and Marshall, P.A. (Ed.), Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A vulnerability assessment (pp. 497-513) Australia: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

  • Cato, Douglas H., Noad, Michael J. and McCauley, Robert D. (2005). Passive acoustics as a key to the study of marine animals. In H. Medwin (Ed.), Sounds in the sea : from ocean acoustics to acoustical oceanography (pp. 411-429) New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dunlop, Rebecca, Noad, Michael and Cato, Douglas (2013). Modification of humpback whale social sound repertoire and vocal source levels with increased noise. In: Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics: ICA 2013 Montreal. ICA 2013: 21st International Congress on Acoustics, Montréal, QC, Canada, (010058.1-010058.6). 2-7 June, 2013. doi:10.1121/1.4799213

  • Cato, Douglas, McCauley, Robert, Noad, Michael, Dunlop, Rebecca, Kniest, Hendrick, Gales, Nicholas, Salgado Kent, Chandra, Paton, David, Noad, John, Jenner, Curt, Duncan, Alec and Maggi, Amos (2012). Acoustic issues in studies of behavioral response of humpback whales to seismic ramp-up and hard start. In: Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (3457-3457). 13-18 May 2012. doi:10.1121/1.4709029

  • Dunlop, Rebecca A., Noad, Michael J. and Cato, Douglas H. (2012). Behavioral response studies: Problems with statistical power. In: Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins, The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Second International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, Cork, Ireland, (293-298). 15-20 August 2010. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-7311-5_65

  • Noad, Mike (2012). I heard it through the grapevine: unravelling extreme vocal behavioural adaptation and complexity in a harsh environment. In: AMSA-NZMSS 2012 Marine Extremes - And Everything In Between Hobart 1-5 July 2012 Program Handbook and Abstracts. AMSA-NZMSS 2012, Hobart , Australia, (151-151). 1-5 July 2012.

  • Cato, Douglas H., Noad, Michael J., Dunlop, Rebecca A., McCauley, Robert D., Gales, Nicholas J., Salgado Kent, Chandra P., Kniest, Hendrik, Paton, David, Jenner, K. Curt S., Noad, John, Maggi, Amos L., Parnum, Iain M. and Duncan, Alec J. (2012). Project BRAHSS: behavioural response of humpback whales to seismic surveys. In: Terrance McMinn, Acoustics 2012 Fremantle: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society (AAS2012). 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society (AAS2012), Freemantle, WA, Australia, (). 21 - 23 November 2012.

  • Cato, D., Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Salgado Kent, C., Kniest, H., Paton, D., Noad, J. and Jenner, C. (2012). Studies of the effectiveness of ramp-up as a mitigation method in impacts of noise on marine mammals. In: 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K., (23-23). 2-6 July 2012.

  • Noad, Michael, Dunlop, Rebecca and Cato, Douglas (2012). The Lombard effect in humpback whales. In: Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (3456-3456). 13-18 May 2012. doi:10.1121/1.4709026

  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M. and Cato, D. (2011). Behavioural response studies in large marine mammals. In: Australian Marine Sciences Association, 48th Annual Conference, Fremantle WA, (). 3-7 July 2011.

  • Cato, D.H., Noad, M.J., Dunlop, R.A., McCauley, R.D., Gales, N.J., Salgado Kent, C.P., Paton, D., Kniest, H. and Noad, J. (2011). Behavioural responses of Australian humpback whales to seismic surveys. In: 4th conference on the Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals, Amsterdam, (). 5-8 September 2011.

  • Cato, D.H., Noad, M. J., Dunlop, R. A., McCauley, R., Salgado Kent, C., Gales, N. J., Kniest, H., Noad, J. and Paton, D. (2011). Behavioural responses of Australian humpback whales to seismic surveys. In: 161st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, United States, (). 23-27 May 2011.

  • Cato, Douglas H., Dunlop, Rebecca A., McCauley, Robert D., Noad, Michael J., Parnum, Iain M., Savage, Mark, Gibbs, Susan, Donnelly, David and Blewett, Michelle (2011). Listening to ocean sounds: using underwater acoustics to study marine animals. In: Program and Abstracts for the 2011 meeting of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. Australian Marine Sciences Association 48th Annual Conference, Fremantle, Australia, (36-36). 3-7 July 2011.

  • Noad, Michael, Cato, Douglas, Dunlop, Rebecca and McCauley, Robert (2011). Measuring behavioural impacts of seismic surveys on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In: Program and Abstracts for the 2011 meeting of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. Australian Marine Sciences Association 48th Annual Conference, Fremantle, Australia, (104-104). 3-7 July 2011.

  • Kavanagh, Ailbhe S., Dunlop, Rebecca A., Goldizen, Anne W. and Noad, Michael J. (2011). Measuring natural behavior in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In: 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, FL, United States, (). 27 November - 2 December 2011.

  • Rekdahl, M., Dunlop, R., Goldizen, A. and Noad, M. (2011). Sequence analysis of non-song social calls in migrating humpback whales. In: Society for Marine Mammalogy 19th Biennial Conference, Tampa, United States, (). 27 November - 3 December 2011.

  • Waugh, C. A., Nichols, P., Schlabach, M., Noad, M. and Bengtson Nash, S. (2011). The effect of migration and fasting on fatty acid profiles and organochlorine contaminant burdens in humpback whales. In: EnviroTox 2011, Darwin, Australia, (). 17-20 April 2011.

  • Cato, D., Noad, M. J., McCauley, R.D., Dunlop, R. A. and Gales, N. (2010). Behavioural Response Study with airguns and humpback whales.. In: APPEA National Environment Conference, Coolum, Australia, (). Aug 31 – Sep 2 2010.

  • Noad, Michael J. (2010). Humpback Whales: A review of their current conservation status and the threats posed by anthropogenic noise. In: Proceedings of the 3rd AVA/NZVA Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference: Embracing Challenges. Pan-Pacific Veterinary Conference, Brisbane, (). May 23-28, 2010.

  • Rekdahl, M. L., Dunlop, R. A., Goldizen, A. W. and Noad, M. J. (2010). Temporal variability in the social vocalization repertoire of humpback whales migrating off the east coast of Australia.. In: 24th Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Stralsund, Germany, (). 20-25 March 2010.

  • Noad, M. J., Dunlop, R. A., Cato, D. H. and McCauley, R. D. (2009). Australian acoustic behavioural response studies.. In: International Behavioral Response Study Workshop, Lerici, Italy, (). April 14-15 2009.

  • Waugh, C., Noad, M., Abu Bakar, A. and Bengtson Nash, S. M. (2009). Characterisation of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) epidermal detoxification enzymes. In: Abstracts from the SETAC Europe 19th Annual Meeting. SETAC Europe 19th Annual Meeting: Protecting ecosystem health: facing the challenge of a globally changing environment, Goteborg, Sweden, (). 31 May - 4 June 2009.

  • Dunlop, R. A., Noad, M. J., Cato, D. H., Miller, P. J. and Stokes, M. D. (2009). Playback experiments on the east coast of Australia. In: 3rd Intergovernmental Conference: The Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals, Lerici, Italy, (). 7-9 September 2009.

  • Cato, D.H., McCauley, R. D., Noad, M. J., Dunlop, R. A. and Gales, N. J. (2009). Proposal for a series of Controlled Exposure Experiments with air guns and Australian humpback whales. In: Proceedings : 3rd Intergovernmental Conference: The Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals. 3rd Intergovernmental Conference: The Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals, Lerici, Italy, (). 7-9 September 2009.

  • Franklin, Wally, Franklin, Trish, Brooks, Lyndon, Gibbs, Nadine, Childerhouse, Simon, Burns, Daniel, Paton, David, Garrigue, Claire, Constantine, Rochelle, Poole, Michael, Hauser, Nan, Donoghue, Michael, Russell, Kirsty, Mattila, David K., Robbins, Jooke, Anderson, Megan, Olavarría,Carlos, Jackson, Jennifer, Noad, Michael, Harrison, Peter, Baverstock, Peter, Leaper, Russell, Baker, Scott and Clapham, Phil (2008). Eastern Australia (E1 breeding grounds) may be a wintering destination for Area V Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating through New Zealand waters. In: Proceedings of: International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee Meeting. International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee Meeting, Santiago, Chile, (). 23-27 June 2008.

  • Waugh, C., Noad, M. and Bengtson Nash, S. M. (2008). Identification and validation of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeanglia) epidermal enzyme biomarkers. In: Abstracts of the SETAC World Congress. SETAC World Congress, Sydney , Australia, (). 2008.

  • Dunlop, R.A., Cato, D. and Noad, Michael J. (2007). Changes in vocal amplitude during social interactions in the Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). In: 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Cape Town, South Africa, (1-2). 29 November - 3 December 2007.

  • Rekdahl, M. L., Noad, M. J., Dunlop, R. A. and Goldzien, A. (2007). Comparisons of acoustic behaviour between wild provisioned and wild unprovisioned bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Moreton Bay, Australia. In: 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa, (). 29 November - 3 December, 2007.

  • Ellen Garland, Baker, C.S., Cato, D., Constantine, R., Donoghue, M., Carrigue, A., Goldizen, Anne W., Hauser, N., Mattila, D., Poole, M., Robbins, J. and Noad, M.J. (2007). Dynamic shifts in humpback whale song in the South Pacific Ocean. In: 17th Biennial Conf. on the Biology of Marine Mammals. 17th Biennial Conf. on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Cape Town, South Africa, (3-4). 29 November - 3 December 2007.

  • Rekdahl, M. L., Noad, M. J., Dunlop, R. A. and Goldizen, A. (2007). The acoustic behaviour of provisioned and non-provisioned bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Moreton Bay, Australia. In: Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy,. 17th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Cape Town, South Africa, (). 29 November- 3 December 2007.

  • Thode A.M., Burgess W.C., Tiemann C., Gerstoft P., Straley J., O'Connell V. and Noad M. (2007). Using time synchronized low power autonomous recorders for marine mammal acoustic localization. In: Institute of Acoustics - 4th International Conference on Bio-Acoustics 2007. 4th International Conference on Bio-Acoustics 2007, Loughborough, (1-12). April 10, 2007-April 12, 2007.

  • Smith, J., Goldizen, A., Dunlop, R., Cato, D. and Noad, M. (2007). Variation in humpback whale song within a social context. In: 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammology, Cape Town, South Africa, (). 29 November - 3 December, 2007.

  • Noad, M. J., Paton, D. A., Gibbs, N. J. and Childerhouse, S. J. (2006). A combined visual and acoustic survey of humpback whales and other cetaceans of Samoa. In: International Whaling Commission sub-committee for the assessment of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales, Hobart, Australia, (). 4-7 April, 2006.

  • Noad, M. J., Paton, D. A. and Cato, D. H. (2006). Absolute and relative abundance estimates of Australian east coast humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In: International Whaling Commission sub-committee for the assessment of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales, Hobart, Australia, (). 4-7 April, 2006.

  • Cato, D. H., Noad, M. J., Stokes, D., Kniest, E., Biassoni, N., Miller, P. and Deane, G. B. (2006). Acoustic and tracking techniques in the humpback whale acoustic collaboration (HARC). In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies & Results. Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies & Results: 2nd International Conference & Exhibation, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, (). 28 June-1 July, 2005.

  • Cato, D.H., Noad, M. J., Stokes, M. D., Dunlop, R. A., Smith, J., Miller, P. J., Biassoni, N., Kniest, H., Noad, J, Thode, A. and Deane, G.B. (2006). Humpback Whale Acoustic Research Collaboration studies on the use of sound by humpback whales.. In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 151st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, RI, (3373). 5-9 June 2006.

  • Noad, M J, Dunlop, R A, Cato, H., Stokes, D, Miller, P. and Biassoni, N. (2006). Humpback whale social sounds: Sources levels and response to playback. In: Acoustical Society of America. Fourth Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan, Hawaii, (). 28 November - 2 December 2006. doi:10.1121/1.4787051

  • Dunlop, Rebecca A., Noad, Michael J., Cato, Douglas H. and Stokes, M. Dale (2006). Look who's talking: Social communication in migrating humpback whales. In: The journal of the Acoustical Society of America: Fourth Joint Meeting: ASA and ASJ. Fourth Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan, Hawaii, United States, (3265-3266). 28 November - 2 December 2006. doi:10.1121/1.4776866

  • Cato, D., McCauley, R., Rogers, T. and Noad, M. (2006). Passive acoustics for monitoring marine animals progress and challenges. In: Proceedings of ACOUSTICS 2006. Australian Acoustical Society Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, (453-460). 20-22 November, 2006.

  • Noad, Michael J., Dunlop, Rebecca A., Cato, Douglas H., Stokes, M. Dale, Miller, Patrick and Biassoni, Nicoletta (2006). The Humpback Whale acoustic research collaboration studies on the use of sound by humpback whales. In: The journal of the Acoustical Society of America: Fourth Joint Meeting: ASA and ASJ. Fourth Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan, Hawaii, (3012-3012). 28 November - 2 December 2006. doi:10.1121/1.4786573

  • Noad, Michael J. (2006). The east Australian humpback whales population E1. In: Proceedings of the IWC sub-committee for the comprehensive assessment of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales. IWC sub-committee for the comprehensive assessment of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, (). 4-7 April, 2006.

  • Noad, Michael J. (2006). Whales and dolphins: Icons of tourism or victims of development?. In: Proceedings of the Australian Conference of Planning and Environment Courts and Tribunals. Australian Conference of Planning and Environment Courts and Tribunals, Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Is, Qld, (). 13-16 September, 2006.

  • Noad, M. J., Cato, D. H. and Paton, D. (2005). Absolute and relative abundance estimates of Australian east cost humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In: Proceedings of ULSAN 2005. The 57th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Lotte Hotel, Ulsan, Republic of Korea, (1-9). 20-24 June, 2005.

  • Krzyszvzyk, E., Dunlop, R. A., Paton, D., Noad, M. J. and Goold, J. (2005). Breaching by Humpback Whales during migration off the East Coast of Australia. In: The 16th Biennial Conf. on the Biology of Marine Mammals, California, USA, (). 12-16 December 2005.

  • Smith, J., Noad, M. J. and Dunlop, R. A. (2005). Male Humpback whales sing more while escorting females than with other males. In: Proceedings of The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Diego, California, (). 12-16 December 2005.

  • Noad, M. J., Cato, D.H. and Dunlop, R. A. (2005). Spacing function for song in Humpback whales. In: Proceedings of The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Diego, California, USA, (). 12-16 December, 2005.

  • Dunlop, R. A., Noad, M. J. and Cato, D.H. (2005). Widespread and contextural use of social communication in migrating Humpback whales. In: Proceedings of The 16th Biennial Conference. on the Biology of Marine Mammals. The 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Diego, California, USA,, (). 12-16 December, 2005.

  • Noad, M. J., Cato, D. H. and Stokes, M. D. (2004). Acoustic tracking of humpback whales: Measuring interactions with the acoustic environment. In: David John Mee, Robert J. Hooker and Ian D. Hillock, Acoustics 2004: Transportation Noise and Vibration - the New Millenium. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society. Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, (353-358). 3-5 November 2004.

  • Thode, A.M., Gerstoft, P., Guerra, M., Noad, M. J., Stokes, D. and Cato, D. (2004). Matched-field processing of Humpback Whale song off Eastern Australia. In: D.J. Mee, R. J. Hooker and I. D. Hillock, Proc. of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society. Acoustics 2004 Transportation Noise and Vibration - The New Mm, Surfers Paradise, (359-361). 3-5 November 2004.

  • Cato, D.H., McCauley, R.D. and Noad, M. J. (2004). Potential effects of noise from human activities on marine animals. In: D.J. Mee, R.J. Hooker and I.D. Hillock, Proc. of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society. Acoustics 2004 Transportation Noise and Vibration - The Millem, Surfers Paradise, (369-374). 3-5 November 2004.

  • Noad, M. J., Cato, D. H., Stokes, M. D. and Smith, J. (2003). HARC - a comprehensive, multi-scale, collaborative study of migrating humpback whales off the Australian east coast. In: J. N. A. Hooper, N. Hall and B. M. Degnan, Proceedings of the Annual Conference on the Australian Marine Sciences Association. Marine Biocomplexity: The 2003 Annual Conference of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, (126-127). 9 - 11 July 2003.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision