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Frants Jensen

Frants Jensen

Visiting Investigator


Office Phone: +1 508 289 3692

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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 50

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


BSc, Msc, and PhD in Biology from Aarhus University, Zoophysiology Department, Peter T. Madsen as supervisor. See CV above for detailed education record.

Research Interests

My research interests are centered around the social and acoustic ecology of toothed whales. I use pilot whales as a model organism to develop and improve analytical methods for visualizing and quantifying their acoustic interactions and the flow of information within a cohesive group of animals to understand the underlying processes whereby these animals coordinate group behavior and interact with conspecifics.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA, we place acoustic and movement recording tags (called DTAGs) on multiple individuals within social groups of pilot whales. The stereo hydrophones incorporated in the tags allow us to identify sounds from each individual and relate these acoustic signals to the current behavior and social context of the animals. This will allow us to identify calls that mediate social cohesion as well as other important behaviors. Combined with long-term GPS telemetry tags, we can repeatedly tag the same groups of animals to get a longer term perspective on the social signalling within the groups, and ultimately understand the social role of different individuals - i.e. whether some animals are more important in determining group behavior or movement or in mediating interactions with other conspecifics in the area.

Specialties and skills

Analysis and quantification of acoustic signals (Adobe Audition, MatLab and additional programs), GPS synchronized acoustic recordings and analysis, noise quantification and analysis, calibration of hydrophones and recording equipment, acoustic localization, controlled playbacks and design of field experiments


Young Elite Scientist award, 2011, The Danish Council for Independent Research


English (fluent), danish, german (basic), spanish (intermediate)