Associate Professor Michael Noad

Associate Prof & Acad Director MBRS

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
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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).


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


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Book Chapter

  • Lanyon, Janet M., Noad, Michael and Meager, Justin (2019). Ecology of the marine mammals of Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) and Catchment. (pp. 415-430) edited by I.R. Tibbetts, P.C. Rothlisberg, D.T. Neil, T.A. Homburg, D.T. Brewer and A.H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: The Moreton Bay Foundation. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.8074346

  • 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. The effects of noise on aquatic life II. (pp. 145-152) edited by Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins. 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. Austral ark: the state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 322-353) edited by Adam Stow, Norman Maclea and Gregory I. Holwell. 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. Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A vulnerability assessment. (pp. 497-513) edited by Johnson, J.E. and Marshall, P.A.. Australia: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

  • Thode, Aaron, Gerstoft, Peter, Guerra, Melani, Stokes, M. Dale, Noad, Michael and Cato, Douglas C. (2006). Matched-field processing of humpback whale song off eastern Australia. Acoustic Sensing Techniques for the Shallow Water Environment: Inversion Methods and Experiments. (pp. 303-307) Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-4386-4-23

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

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