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Julie van der Hoop Julie van der Hoop
Postdoctoral Investigator
Biological Oceanography

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WHOI Mailing Address:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
MS# 50
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


2016 Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Defense 19 September 2016.
2010 B.Sc. Combined Honours, Marine Biology and Oceanography. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Research Interests

Physiological ecology; energy economy; swimming efficiency; drag and energy expenditure; behavioural response to entanglement; entanglement and ship strike risk to large whales.

Research Statement

My research has focused on the metabolic, kinematic, and behavioural effects of drag in marine mammals. Specifically, my PhD addressed the effects of drag from scientific instruments (i.e., tags) on small cetaceans, and from entangling fishing gear on North Atlantic right whales. 

My postdoctoral work focuses on energetics and physiology of small cetaceans and the relationship between these parameters and respiratory acoustics. 


Under Review

Shorter, K.A., Y. Shao, L. Ojeda, K. Barton, J. Rocho-Levine, J. van der Hoop and M. Moore. A day in the life of a dolphin: using bio-logging tags for improved animal health and well-being. Submitted Marine Mammal Science 1 September 2016.

van der Hoop, J.M., P. Corkeron, A.G. Henry, A.R. Knowlton and M.J. Moore.Predicting lethal entanglements as a consequence of drag from fishing gear. Submitted Marine Pollution Bulletin, 17 August 2016. 

van der Hoop, J.M., P. Corkeron, M.J. Moore.Energetic impacts of entanglement in North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis). Submitted Ecology and Evolution, 7 July 2016.

van der Hoop, J.M., D.P. Nowacek, M.J. Moore, M. Triantafyllou. Swimming kinematics and efficiency of entangled North Atlantic right whales. Submitted Endangered Species Research, 12 April 2016.


Fahlman, A., J.M. van der Hoop, M.J. Moore, G. Levine, J. Rocho-Levine, M. Brodsky. 2016. Estimating field energetics from respiratory frequency: why we need to understand physiology. Biology Open 5:436-442.

van der Hoop, J.M., P. Corkeron, J. Kenney, S. Landry, D. Morin, J. Smith, M. J. Moore. 2015. Drag from fishing gear entangling North Atlantic right whales. Marine Mammal Science. doi10.1111/mms.12292

van der Hoop, J. M., A. Fahlman, T. Hurst, J. Rocho-Levine, K.A. Shorter and M.J. Moore. 2014. Bottlenose dolphins modify behavior to reduce metabolic effect of tag attachment. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi: 10.1242/jeb.108225

van der Hoop, J. M., A. S. M. Vanderlaan, T. V. N. Cole, A. G. Henry, L. Hall, B. Mase-Guthrie, T. Wimmer, and M. J. Moore. 2014. Vessel strikes to large whales before and after the 2008 Ship Strike Rule. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.111/conl.12105

van der Hoop, J. M., M. J. Moore, A. Fahlman, A. Bocconcelli, C. George, K. Jackson, C. Miller, D. Morin, T. Pitchford, T. Rowles, J. Smith, and B. Zoodsma. 2013. Behavioral impacts of disentanglement of a right whale under sedation and the energetic cost of entanglement. Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12042

Moore, M. J., J. M. van der Hoop, S. G. Barco, A. M. Costidis, F. M. Gulland, P. D. Jepson, K. T. Moore, S. Raverty and W. A. McLellan. 2013. Criteria and case definitions for serious injury and death of pinnipeds and cetaceans caused by anthropogenic trauma. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 103:229-264.

van der Hoop, J. M., M. J. Moore, S. G. Barco, T. V. Cole, P. Y. Daoust, A. G. Henry, D. F. McAlpine, W. A. McLellan, T. Wimmer and A. R. Solow. 2013. Assessment of management to mitigate anthropogenic effects on large whales. Conservation Biology 27:121-133.

van der Hoop, J. M., A. S. M. Vanderlaan and C. T. Taggart. 2012. Absolute probability estimates of lethal vessel strikes to North Atlantic right whales in Roseway Basin, Scotian Shelf. Ecological Applications 22:2021-2033.

Moore, M. J. and J. M. van der Hoop. 2012. The painful side of trap and fixed net fisheries: chronic entanglement of large whales. Journal of Marine Biology 2012:1-4.


2016    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, European Commission
2015    Endangered Species Print Project Student Presenter Award, North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting
2015    MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence
2014    Stanley W. Watson Fellowship
2014    MIT Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability
2013     NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral Level)
2013     Wainright Fellowship, University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories
2013     Endangered Species Print Project Student Presenter Award, North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting
2011     NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masters Level)
2011     Von Damm Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2011     Coastal Oceans Institute Student Award


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