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Dave Mellinger

Associate Professor, Senior Research
Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University

NOAA/PMEL Acoustics Program
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2115 S.E. OSU Dr.
Newport, OR 97365

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Refereed Papers and Book Chapter

Stafford, K.M., S.E. Moore, P.J. Stabeno, D.V. Holliday, J.M. Napp, and D.K. Mellinger. 2010. Biophysical ocean observation in the southeastern Bering Sea. Geophys. Rev. Lett. 37: L02606 (doi:10.1029/2009GL040724). 4 pp. PDF


Dziak, R.P., J.H. Haxel, H. Matsumoto, T.K. Lau, S.G. Merle, C.E.J. de Ronde, R.W. Embley, and D.K. Mellinger. 2008. Observations of regional seismicity and local harmonic tremor at Brothers volcano, south Kermadec arc, using an ocean bottom hydrophone array, J. Geophys. Res. 113, B08S04, doi:10.1029/2007JB005533. PDF


Mellinger, D.K. 2008. A neural network for classifying clicks of Blainville's beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris). Canad. Acoust. 36(1):55-59.


Mellinger, D.K., K.M. Stafford, S.E. Moore, R.P. Dziak, and H. Matsumoto. 2007. An overview of fixed passive acoustic observation methods for cetaceans. Oceanography 20(4):36-45.


Stafford, K.M., D.K. Mellinger, S.E. Moore, and C.G. Fox. 2007. Seasonal variability and detection range modeling of baleen whale calls in the Gulf of Alaska, 1999-2002. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122(6):3378-3390.


Mellinger, D.K., S.L. Nieukirk, H. Matsumoto, S.L. Heimlich, R.P. Dziak, J. Haxel, M. Fowler, C. Meinig, and H.V. Miller. 2007. Seasonal occurrence of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) at two sites on the Scotian Shelf. Marine Mamm. Sci. 23(4):856-867.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark. 2006. MobySound: A reference archive for studying automatic recognition of marine mammal sounds. Appl. Acoust. 67(11-12):1226-1242.

Moore, S.E., K.M. Stafford, D.K. Mellinger, and J.A. Hildebrand. 2006. Listening for large whales in the offshore waters of Alaska. BioScience 56(1):49-55.


Heimlich, S.L., D.K. Mellinger, S.L. Nieukirk, and C.G. Fox. 2005. Types, distribution, and seasonal occurrence of sounds from Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni) in the eastern tropical Pacific, 1999-2001. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 118(3):1830-1837.


Munger, L.M., D.K. Mellinger, S.M. Wiggins, S.E. Moore, and J.A. Hildebrand. 2005. Performance of spectrogram correlation in detecting right whale calls in long-term recordings from the Bering Sea. Canad. Acoust. 33(2):25-34.


Stafford, K.M., D.R. Bohnenstiehl, M. Tolstoy, E. Chapp, D.K. Mellinger, and S.E. Moore. 2004. Antarctic-type blue whale calls recorded at low latitudes in the Indian and the eastern Pacific Oceans. Deep-Sea Res. I 51(10):1337-1346.


Mellinger, D.K., K.M. Stafford, S.E. Moore, L. Munger, and C.G. Fox. 2004. Detection of North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) calls in the Gulf of Alaska. Marine Mamm. Sci. 20(4):872-879.


Mellinger, D.K. A comparison of methods for detecting right whale calls. 2004. Canad. Acoust. 32(2):55-65.


Hayes, S.A., A. Kumar, D.P. Costa, D.K. Mellinger, J. Harvey, B. Southall, B. LeBoeuf. 2004. Evaluating the function of the male harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) roar through playback experiments. Anim. Behav. 67(6):1133-1139.


Nieukirk, S.L., K.M. Stafford, D.K. Mellinger, and C.G. Fox. 2004. Low-frequency whale and airgun sounds recorded from the mid-Atlantic Ocean. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115(4):1832-1843.


Mellinger, D.K., K.M. Stafford, and C.G. Fox. 2004. Seasonal occurrence of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) sounds in the Gulf of Alaska, 1999-2001. Marine Mamm. Sci. 20(1):48-62.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark. 2003. Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) sounds from the North Atlantic. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 114(2):1108–1119.


Van Parijs, S.M., P.J. Corkeron, J. Harvey, S. Hayes, D.K. Mellinger, P. Rouget, P.M. Thompson, M. Wahlberg, and K.M. Kovacs. 2003. Global patterns in vocalizations of male harbor seals. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 113(6):3403–3410.


Waite, J.M., K. Wynne, and D.K. Mellinger. 2003. Documented sighting of a North Pacific right whale in the Gulf of Alaska and post-sighting acoustic monitoring. Northwestern Naturalist 84(1):38-43.


Thode, A.M., D.K. Mellinger, S. Stienessen, A. Martinez, and K. Mullin. 2002. Depth-dependent acoustic features of diving sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Gulf of Mexico. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112(1):308-321.


Charif, R.A., D.K. Mellinger, K.J. Dunsmore, and C.W. Clark. 2002. Estimated source levels of fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) vocalizations: Adjustments for surface interference. Marine Mamm. Sci. 18(1):81–98.


Hayes, S.A., D.K. Mellinger, J.F. Borsani, D.P. Costa, and D.A. Croll. 2000. An inexpensive passive acoustic system for recording and tracking wild animals. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 107(6): 3552–3555.


Mellinger, D.K., C.D. Carson, and C.W. Clark. 2000. Characteristics of minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) pulse trains recorded near Puerto Rico. Marine Mamm. Sci. 16(4): 739–756.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark. 2000. Recognizing transient low-frequency whale sounds by spectrogram correlation. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 107(6): 3518–3529.

Evans, W.R., and D.K. Mellinger. 1999. Monitoring grassland birds in nocturnal migration. Studies Avian Biol. 19: 219–229.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark. 1997. Methods for automatic detection of mysticete sounds. Marine Freshwater Beh. Physiol. 29, 163–181.


Mellinger, D.K., and B. Mont-Reynaud. 1996. Scene Analysis. Chapter in Auditory Computation, H.L. Hawkins, T.A. McMullen, A.N. Popper, and R.R. Fay, eds. Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 271–331.


Potter, J.R., D.K. Mellinger, and C.W. Clark. 1994. Marine mammal call classification using artificial neural networks. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 96(3): 1255–1262.


Mellinger, D.K., G.E. Garnett, and B. Mont-Reynaud. 1989. Virtual digital signal processing in an object-oriented system. Comp. Mus. J. 13(2): 71–76.


Technical Reports (Non-refereed)

Gillespie, D., J. Gordon, R. McHugh, D. McLaren, D.K. Mellinger, P. Redmond, A. Thode, P. Trinder, and X.Y. Deng. 2008. PAMGUARD: Semiautomated, open source software for real-time acoustic detection and localisation of cetaceans. Proc. Inst. Acoust. 30(5), 9 pp.


Mellinger, D.K. 2007. Datasets of odontocete sounds annotated for developing automatic detection methods. Technical Report NPS-OC-07-007, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. 27 pp.


Mellinger, D.K., and J. Barlow. 2003. Future Directions for Marine Mammal Acoustic Surveys: Stock Assessment and Habitat Use. Workshop held in La Jolla, CA, 20-22 November 2002. Technical report, NOAA/PMEL Contribution No. 2557, NOAA/PMEL, Seattle. 45 pp.


Mellinger, D.K. 2001. Ishmael 1.0 User’s Guide. Natl. Oceanogr. Atmos. Admin. Tech. Memo. OAR–PMEL–120 (NOAA PMEL, Seattle). 30 pp.


Clark, C.W., and Mellinger, D.K. 1996. Fin Whales '93, North Atlantic. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca. Audio CD.


Mellinger, D.K. 1991. Event Formation and Separation in Musical Sound. Technical Report STAN–M–77, Department of Music, Stanford University. Ph.D. thesis.


Conference Papers (Non-refereed)

Sagen, H., S. Sandven, A. Beszczynska-Moeller, O. Boebel, T.F. Duda, L. Freitag, J.C. Gascard, A. Gavrilov, C.M. Lee, D.K. Mellinger, P. Mikhalevsky, S. Moore, A.K. Morozov, M. Rixen, E. Skarsoulis, K. Stafford, E. Tveit, and P.F. Worcester. 2009. Acoustic technologies for observing the interior of the Arctic Ocean. Proc. OceanObs'09, 21-25 September 2009, Venice. 5 pp. Sagen09-AcousticTechnologiesForArcticInterior.pdf

Moretti, D., N. DiMarzio, R. Morrissey, D. Mellinger, S. Heimlich, H. Pettis. 2008. Overview of the 3rd International Workshop on the Detection and Classification of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics. Canad. Acoust. 36(1):7-11.

Moretti, D.J., and D.K. Mellinger. 2008. Guest editorial, special issue on the Third International Workshop on the Detection and Classification of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics. Canad. Acoust. 36(1), 1 page.


Mellinger, D.K., and J. W. Bradbury. 2007. Acoustic measurement of marine mammal sounds in noisy environments. Proc. International Conference on Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies and Results, Heraklion, Greece, pp. 273-280.


Dziak, R.P., M. Park, H. Matsumoto, D.R. Bohnenstiehl, J.H. Haxel, D.K. Mellinger, K. Stafford, and W.S. Lee. 2007. Hydroacoustic monitoring of the Bransfield Strait and Drake Passage, Antarctica: A first analysis of seafloor seismicity, cryogenic acoustic sources, and cetacean vocalizations. Proc. 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science, Santa Barbara, August 2007. 5 pp.


Matsumoto, H., R.P. Dziak, D.K. Mellinger, M. Fowler, J. Haxel, A. Lau, C. Meinig, J. Bumgardner, and W. Hannah. 2006. Autonomous hydrophones at NOAA/OSU and a new seafloor sentry system for real-time detection of acoustic events. Proc. IEEE Oceans '06. 4 pp.


Matsumoto, H., S. Nieukirk, M. Fowler, J. Haxel, S. Heimlich, D.K. Mellinger, R. Dziak, and C. Fox. 2003. Sound in the Sea: Hands-on Experience with the NOAA Acoustics Program. Proc. Oceans '03, pp. 1565-1571.


Thode, A.M., D.K. Mellinger, and A. Martinez. 2003. Depth-dependent behavioral and spectral features of diving sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Gulf of Mexico. Proc. Twenty-first Annual Gulf of Mexico Information Transfer Meeting, January 2002 (U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans), pp. 503-508.


Mellinger, D.K., A. Thode, and A. Martinez. 2003. Passive acoustic monitoring of sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico, with a model of acoustic detection distance. Proc. Twenty-first Annual Gulf of Mexico Information Transfer Meeting, January 2002 (U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans), pp. 493-501.


Mellinger, D.K. 1997. A low-cost, high-performance sound capture and archiving system for the subtidal zone. Proc. Inst. Acoust. 19(9): 115–121.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark. 1993. A perceptual gain control technique for bioacoustic transient detection. Audio Engr. Soc. 95th Convention. 8 pp.

Mellinger, D.K. 1993. Handling time variability in bioacoustic transient detection. Proc. IEEE Oceans ‘93, 116–121.


Mellinger, D.K., and C.W. Clark, 1993. A method for filtering bioacoustic transients by spectrogram image convolution. Proc. IEEE Oceans ‘93, 122–127.


Mellinger, D.K., and B. Mont-Reynaud. 1991. SoundExplorer: A workbench for investigating source separation. Proc. Intl. Comp. Music Conf., 90–93.


Mont-Reynaud, B., and D.K. Mellinger. 1989. Source separation by frequency co-modulation. Proc. First Intl. Conf. on Music Percept. and Cogn., 99–102.


Mellinger, D.K., and K.A. Nitchie. 1987. Font matching with Flexifonts. Proc. Fourth Intl. Conf. on Text Processing Systems, 111–117.