Maya Yamato - WHOI/MIT Joint Program Doctoral Student

Maya Yamato
Ph. D. Candidate, WHOI/MIT Joint Program

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3063
myamato [at] whoi [dot] edu

Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Biology Department
Marine Research Facility, MS #50
Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA


A. B. Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Certificate of Proficiency in Japanese Language)

Facility Role(s):

PH. D. Graduate Student


Maya Yamato started working with the CSI lab as an undergraduate fellow in 2005 and is currently a Ph. D. candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography / Applied Ocean Science & Engineering. Due to the ever-increasing levels of noise in our oceans from shipping traffic, seismic exploration, underwater oil drilling, and military sonar, the impacts of man-made noise on marine animals have become a developing source of concern among scientists, governments, and the popular press. At particular risk are baleen whales, which include several endangered species such as the blue whale and the North Atlantic right whale. However, it is difficult to create protective legislation because little is known about their hearing ranges or sensitivities. Maya's OLI supported research focuses on advancing our understanding of the auditory system of baleen whales through dissection of whale heads, modeling sound propagation through various head tissues, biochemical analysis of tissues within the whale head, and histological studies of inner ear structures.