Jason Wood

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Cormac Booth

Jason Wood

Operations Manager & Senior Research Scientist (NA)

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Jason manages the SMRU Consulting North America offices (USA and Canada). He has over 15 years of experience studying acoustic ecology and behaviour in airborne, substrate (i.e. seismic), and waterborne communication. Following his PhD at the University of California, Davis, he held post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University in the Geophysics and Otolaryngology departments. Following this he taught an undergraduate field based bioacoustics course through the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories for Beam Reach and is currently an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. He also led the research department at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. For the past decade his work has focused on marine mammals and the potential impacts of anthropogenic sounds on these animals. These studies have involved the development of complex study designs and the implementation of acoustic, statistical and, spatial analyses and modelling. In his spare time, Jason is a volunteer fire fighter and keen sailor, diver, and kayaker.

  • Noise monitoring and impact analysis studies: design and analysis of acoustic and behavioural studies to monitor noise and evaluate both acoustic and behavioural responses to that noise
  • Passive acoustic localization: design of towed and fixed acoustic arrays and analysis for localization and depth measurements of vocalizing cetaceans including for marine renewable energy projects
  • Passive acoustic monitoring: detection and classification of signals and cues to determine presence and abundance across various temporal and spatial scales
  • Spatial distribution analysis: this has involved both tools available in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyse spatial distribution as well as time series analyses to understand spatial and temporal patterns in habitat use
  • In the field: experienced marine mammal observer, scuba diver, boat handler
  • Project management: proven experience in designing and managing large and complex environmental research programs.

Wood, J., Joy, R. & Sparling, C. (2016). Harbor Seal – Tidal Turbine Collision Risk Models. An Assessment of Sensitivities. Report by SMRU Consulting. pp 57.

Viers, S., Viers, V., & Wood, J.D. (2016) Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales. PeerJ, 4:e1657; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1657

Copping, A., Sather, N., Hanna, L., Whiting, J., Zydlewski, G., Staines, G., Gill, A., Hutchison, I., O’Hagan, A., Simas, T., Bald, J., Sparling, C., Wood, J., Masden, E. (2016). Annex IV 2016 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World. pp 224.

Wood, J., Tollit, D.J., Redden A., Porskamp, P., Broome, J., Fogarty, L., Booth, C., & Karsten, R. (2013) Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Cetacean Activity Patterns and Movements in Minas Passage: Pre-Turbine Baseline Conditions (2011-2012). Final Report for OERA and FORCE. SMRU  Ltd Report number NA0713Acadia pp71

Wood, J., Southall, B.L. & Tollit, D.J. (2012) PG&E offshore 3‐D Seismic Survey Project EIR –Marine Mammal Technical Draft Report. SMRU Ltd. pp124

Beneze, E. L., Wood, J. D., Veirs, S., and Veirs, V. (2011). Are click rates in killer whales an indicator of group behavior and foraging hotspots? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2607.

Lehmann, K. D., and Wood, J. D. (2008). Killer whales (Orcinus orca) and Bell Laboratories: What can information theory tell us about the communication system of this species? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123, 3363.

O’Connell-Rodwell, C. E., and Wood, J. D. (2010). Vibration generation, propagation and detection in elephants, In C. E. O’Connell-Rodwell (Ed.), The use of vibrations in communication: properties, mechanisms and function across taxa., Transworld Research Network, pp. 183–200.

Polagye, B., Wood, J. D., Bassett, C., Tollit, D., and Thomson, J. (2011). Behavioral responses of harbor porpoise to vessel noise in a tidal strait. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2368.

Veirs, V., Veirs, S., and Wood, J. D. (2011). Shipping noise signatures. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2368.

Veirs, S., Veirs, V., and Wood, J. D. (2008). Spatial confirmation of vocal communication between a killer whale calf and its natal family,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123, 3362–3363.

Wood, J. D., Foreman, P., Veirs, V., and Veirs, S. (2011). Shipping noise and vocal compensation by Southern Resident killer whales: Haro Strait as a study case. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2607.

Wood, J. D., and O’Connell-Rodwell, C. E. (2010). Studying vibrational communication: Equipment options, recording, playback and analysis techniques in C. E. O’Connell-Rodwell (Ed.), The use of vibrations in communication: Properties, mechanisms and function across taxa., Transworld Research Network, pp. 163–181.

  • Southern resident killer whale population consequences of disturbance (PCoD) for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Southern resident killer whale underwater noise exposure and acoustic masking study for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Southern resident killer whale acoustic detection synthesis for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Ambient noise and baseline killer whale detections in core critical habitat of southern resident killer whales in Haro Strait for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Determination of southern resident killer whale behavioural response thresholds (dose-response curves) for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Southern resident killer whale habitat use in the Salish sea for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Auto-detections of southern resident killer whale sounds at Roberts Bank and Haro Strait and comparison of auto detector and classifier performance for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Potential for masking of southern resident killer whale calls and echolocation clicks due to underwater noise for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Ship sound signature analysis for Hemmera and Port Metro Vancouver
  • Real time acoustic monitoring for marine mammals and noise measurements near Prince Rupert for Golder Associates.
  • 3D seismic survey marine mammal Environmental Impact Review on behalf of California State Land Commission
  • Noise effects study at the Admiralty Inlet tidal site in Washington state on behalf of the US Department of Energy, collaborating with NNMREC and PNNL
  • Passive acoustic monitoring baseline study at the Minas Passage tidal site in Nova Scotia on behalf of FORCE and OERA, collaborating with the University of Acadia
  • Marine mammal monitoring and killer whale risk assessment for Admiralty Inlet tidal site in Washington state on behalf of Snohomish PUD and HDR-DTA
  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring study at the Admiralty Inlet tidal site in Washington state on behalf of Snohomish PUD, collaborating with University of Washington

+ 1 (360) 370-5493

jw@smruconsulting.com

PO Box 764 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA