Our Team

Sound Science is a marine conservation non-profit committed to robust applied research and developing an equitable platform for scientific growth. Our team of scientists and collaborators is made up of acousticians and ecologists who have agreed to build a scientific community based on these goals.

Founding Members

IMG_0901Michelle Fournet, PhD, Director

Dr. Fournet is an acoustic ecologist who specializes in the impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine animals. More broadly, she seeks to use acoustics as a marine conservation tool. To this end, her work includes documenting the impact of anthropogenic noise on arctic and sub-arctic marine mammals, using sonic fishes as indicators of sub-tropical estuary restoration, and using sound as a means of connecting students with the natural world.  She completed a MS in Marine Resource Management and PhD in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. In addition to being the director of Sound Science, she is also a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. Read her CV here. See her personal website here.


Leanna Matthews, PhD, Assistant Director

Dr. Matthews is a biologist who specializes in reproductive ecology and acoustic behavior of pinnipeds. She completed her PhD from Syracuse University in Biology. In addition to being a research associate with Sound Science she is also an Affiliate Professor of Biology at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. While most of her research has investigated marine organisms, she also holds expertise in terrestrial acoustics and dabbles in invertebrate (bugs!) communication.


Samara Haver, PhD, Research Associate

Dr. Haver is an acoustician and oceanographer with a background in soundscape analyses, environmental acoustics, and marine policy. She completed her MS and PhD in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University where she was monumental in spearheading the NOAA/ NPS Ocean Noise Reference Station Network (NRS). In addition to her work with Sound Science Samara is also a postdoctoral fellow with the OSU/NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies analyzing soundscapes and anthropogenic noise in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.   Read more about Samara and her research here.


Natalie Mastick Jensen, MS, PhD Candidate, Research Associate1Fzr5z9bTYW9%DKhMR+45g

Ms. Mastick Jensen is a parasitologist specializing in historical ecology and parasite transfer throughout the Pacific Northwest trophic web. She completed her MS in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, where she studied the cooperative behavior of group foraging in humpback whales. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Washington. Read more about Natalie and her research here


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