While receiving her B.S. degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis, Vanessa discovered her passion for conservation biology and acoustics while partaking in acoustic research with birds, geckos, whales, and pinnipeds.
Today, Vanessa ZoBell is PhD student with the Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab. Vanessa’s work focuses on quantifying noise pollution produced from commercial shipping in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Vanessa works with the Channel Islands sanctuary staff to investigate how to best reduce ship noise in underwater soundscapes, protecting the marine mammals, fish, and invertebrates that rely on sound for communication and foraging.
When she’s not analyzing spectrograms with SWAL, you can find Vanessa hiking, baking, or doing yoga.