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Jessica Thompson

Junior Scientist (NA)

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Jessica is a Junior Scientist for various projects at SMRU Consulting. A University of Washington graduate, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in 2009. Jessica has over 5 years’ experience studying Large Pelagic species, both acoustically and through aerial and vessel-based photo analysis. Assisting large projects involving endangered species, documenting, and reporting on use of marine habitat, and impacts of marine development.  Includes assistance on reporting and research paper submissions.

Degrees and Education

  • 2009 University of Washington, BSc Biology: Evolution, Ecology, Conservation

Skills and Expertise

Field Work, Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), Photo-Identification, Word processing (MS Word); spreadsheets (MS Excel,); databases (MS Access); Environmental Impact Assessment, Analysis of acoustic data using MATLAB, Raven, and Audacity.

Speciality

  • Offshore Wind: Included baseline monitoring for marine species within WEA.
  • Marine Mammal Monitoring: Research projects aimed at documenting the demography, distribution, and associated environmental conditions of aggregations of marine mammals.
  • Passive Acoustic Data Analysis: Management and analysis of acoustic recordings, as well as assisting with deployment of acoustic equipment.
  • Laboratory Management: Maintenance and management of wet lab, development of methods for zebrafish as model organism as well as assisting with deployment of acoustic equipment.
  • Rankin, S., Castellote, M., Delarue, J., Stafford, K.M., Archer, F.I., Koot, B., Richlen, M., Thompson, J., Ford, J.K.B., Williams, R., (2018). Methods for characterizing fin whale song notes for comparative studies of geographic variation in song. NOAA technical memorandum NMFS ; NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC ; 592. [https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17737]
  • Leiter, S.M., Stone, K.M., Thompson, J.L., Accardo, C.M., Wikgren, B.C., Zani, M.A., Cole, T.V.N., Kenney, R.D., Mayo, C.A., Kraus, S.D., (2017). North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis occurrence in offshore wind energy areas near Massachusetts and Rhode Island, USA.  Endangered Species Research. 34, 45-59.
  • Stone, K.M., Leiter, S.M., Kenney, R.D., Wikgren, B.C., Thompson, J.L., Taylor, J.K.D., Kraus, S.D., (2017). Distribution and abundance of cetaceans in a wind energy development area offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Springer. 21(4), 527-543.
  • Paranjpye, R., Myers, M., Yount, E., Thompson, J., (2013) Zebrafish as a model for Vibrio parahaemolyticus
    virulence. Microbiology. 159: 2605-2615. 2013
  • Thompson, J.L., Berchok, C.L., Clapham, P.J., Lammers, M.O., Moore, S.E., (2012). Spatio-temporal distribution of fin whales in the Bering Sea, 2007–2011. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 132(3), 1951-1951.
  • Berchok, C.L., Crance, J.L., Thompson, J.L., Grassia, S.L., Clapham, P.J., Wright, D.L., Lammers, M.O., (2012). Right whale versus bowhead whale gunshot calls in the Bering Sea. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Projects:

  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, ECHO Slowdown- Acoustic, AIS, CTD, meteorological data collection, management and QA/QC. Southern Resident killer whale acoustic detections.
  • San Juan County, Protecting Southern Resident killer whale foraging hot spots – Field deployments, acoustic data collection, management and QA/QC. Southern Resident killer whale acoustic detections.
  • Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, Comparison of acoustic hardware for detecting harbor porpoise – Developed hand annotated click detection dataset to compare detection functions of different hardware.
  • Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, Comparison of surface vs bottom mounted acoustic hardware – Assisted in annotation of click detections to compare detection functions of acoustic hardware deployed in different locations.

+1 (360) 370-5493

jlt@smruconsulting.com

PO Box 764 Friday Harbor, WA 98250