Carla Peterson

Carla Peterson

Graduate Student

MG&G

she/her/hers

I joined the School of Oceanography in 2021 and I'm co-advised by Drs William Wilcock and Shima Abadi. My previous education and experience are BS (2001) and MS (2002) in Computer Science, a Master’s in Engineering Acoustics (2018) and a career as a software engineer, systems engineer, and program manager since 2002.

I have a love for all things animals and science since I was kid growing up in Montana. I took my love for animals and began learning animal behavior after grad school (the first time) with my first dog. This led me down a path of dog training and behavior that also turned into shelter volunteering. My dog behavior knowledge and experience has expanded to animals and behavior analysis in general. I’m accredited with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) in both Shelter Behavior and Dog Training. I can't seem to get enough learning about animal behavior and I've even trained chickens!

My professional career has encompassed projects from complete software & hardware solutions to entire mechanical & electrical systems.  I found an interest for acoustics & marine mammals after receiving my Masters in 2018 but did not find opportunities to pursue it until now. My research is focused on understanding the behavior of fin whales around ships in the NE Pacific using acoustics on the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Regional Cabled Array (RCA).

When I’m not performing research or studying, I’m spending time with my two rescue pups, Mamma Mia and Maisy Moose. Occasionally, my partner will show his face when he’s not saving the world elsewhere. I have too many other hobbies to list, here’s a few: mixed media art journaling, reading, music and games (as in board/card games). 

Carla Peterson

Carla Peterson

Graduate Student

MG&G

she/her/hers

I joined the School of Oceanography in 2021 and I'm co-advised by Drs William Wilcock and Shima Abadi. My previous education and experience are BS (2001) and MS (2002) in Computer Science, a Master’s in Engineering Acoustics (2018) and a career as a software engineer, systems engineer, and program manager since 2002.

I have a love for all things animals and science since I was kid growing up in Montana. I took my love for animals and began learning animal behavior after grad school (the first time) with my first dog. This led me down a path of dog training and behavior that also turned into shelter volunteering. My dog behavior knowledge and experience has expanded to animals and behavior analysis in general. I’m accredited with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) in both Shelter Behavior and Dog Training. I can't seem to get enough learning about animal behavior and I've even trained chickens!

My professional career has encompassed projects from complete software & hardware solutions to entire mechanical & electrical systems.  I found an interest for acoustics & marine mammals after receiving my Masters in 2018 but did not find opportunities to pursue it until now. My research is focused on understanding the behavior of fin whales around ships in the NE Pacific using acoustics on the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Regional Cabled Array (RCA).

When I’m not performing research or studying, I’m spending time with my two rescue pups, Mamma Mia and Maisy Moose. Occasionally, my partner will show his face when he’s not saving the world elsewhere. I have too many other hobbies to list, here’s a few: mixed media art journaling, reading, music and games (as in board/card games).