Yvonne is a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her B.Sc. degree in Aquatic Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is interested in identifying trends in cetacean populations using passive acoustic technology by incorporating these data types into different statistical models. Part of her work includes developing and testing methods to improve the detection, classification, and localization of cetacean sounds. Her dissertation research focuses on using towed hydrophone array data to better understand the ecology of the Hawaiian populations of false killer whales and sperm whales, two endangered cetacean species. Yvonne has participated in several research surveys for cetacean population assessments over the past nine years and is always keen to try out new methods in data collection or analysis. She is also a strong proponent for science communication and especially enjoys teaching younger audiences about marine science.