Professor Douglas Cato

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Director of the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Research interests

Marine acoustics and bioacoustics

Current research students

Project title Research student
The significance of Jervis Bay for humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf groups during their southern migration Alexandra JONES

Selected grants

2010

  • Beaked whale habitat modelling part of Coral Sea using environmental data and acoustic detection survey data; Cato D, Falkner I, Tanner E, Hamilton L; Australian Marine Mammal Centre/Australian Marine Mammal Centre Grants Scheme.

2008

  • Beaked Whale Research Survey and Modelling; Cato D; Defence Science and Technology Group/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Cato, D., Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Paton, D., Kavanagh, A. (2016). Addressing challenges in studies of behavioral responses of whales to noise. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 145-152). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Soars, N., Byrne, M., Cato, D. (2016). Characterization of the Sounds Produced by Temperate and Tropical Sea Urchins During Feeding (Diadematidae and Echinometridae). In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 1075-1080). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Cato, D., Duncan, A. (2016). Regional Variations and Trends in Ambient Noise: Examples from Australian Waters. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 687-696). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Lewandowski, J., Luczkovich, J., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2016). Summary Report Panel 3: Gap Analysis from the Perspective of Animal Biology: Results of the Panel Discussion from the Third International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 1277-1281). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Journals

  • Girola, E., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., Cato, D. (2019). Source levels of humpback whales decrease with frequency suggesting an air-filled resonator is used in sound production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(2), 869-880. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2018). A behavioural dose-response model for migrating humpback whales and seismic air gun noise. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133, 506-516. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Scott-Hayward, L., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2017). Determining the behavioural dose-response relationship of marine mammals to air gun noise and source proximity. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220(16), 2878-2886. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Thomas, F., Parsons, M., Erbe, C., Cato, D., Duncan, A., Gavrilov, A., Parnum, I., Salgado-Kent, C. (2017). Developing an Underwater Sound Recorder: The Long and Short (Time) of It. Acoustics Australia, 45(2), 301-311. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, A., Owen, K., Williamson, M., Blomberg, S., Noad, M., Goldizen, A., Kniest, E., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2017). Evidence for the functions of surface-active behaviors in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science, 33(1), 313-334. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, A., Noad, M., Blomberg, S., Goldizen, A., Kniest, E., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2017). Factors driving the variability in diving and movement behavior of migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae): Implications for anthropogenic disturbance studies. Marine Mammal Science, 33(2), 413-439. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2017). The behavioural response of migrating humpback whales to a full seismic airgun array. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1869), 1-10. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Cato, D. (2016). Evening choruses in the Perth Canyon and their potential link with Myctophidae fishes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), 2384-2398. [More Information]
  • Pirotta, V., Slip, D., Jonsen, I., Peddemors, V., Cato, D., Ross, G., Harcourt, R. (2016). Migrating humpback whales show no detectable response to whale alarms off Sydney, Australia. Endangered Species Research, 29(3), 201-209. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2016). Response of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to ramp-up of a small experimental air gun array. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103(1-2), 72-83. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2015). The Behavioural Response of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to a 20 Cubic Inch Air Gun. Aquatic Mammals, 41(4), 412-433. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2014). Evidence of a Lombard response in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(1), 430-437. [More Information]
  • Cato, D., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., McCauley, R., Gales, N., Kent, C., Kniest, H., Paton, D., Jenner, C., et al (2013). A study of the behavioural response of whales to the noise of seismic air guns: Design, methods and progress. Acoustics Australia, 41(1), 88-97.
  • Cato, D., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., McCauley, R., Kniest, H., Paton, D., Kent, C., Jenner, C. (2013). Behavioral responses of humpback whales to seismic air guns. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., Cato, D., Kniest, E., Miller, P., Smith, J., Stokes, M. (2013). Multivariate analysis of behavioural response experiments in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(5), 759-770. [More Information]
  • Noad, M., Dunlop, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2011). Absolute and relative abundance estimates of Australian east coast humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, Special Issue 3, 243-252.
  • Wright, K., Higgs, D., Cato, D., Leis, J. (2010). Auditory sensitivity in settlement-stage larvae of coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs, 29(1), 235-243. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2010). Your attention please: increasing ambient noise levels elicits a change in communication behaviour in Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277, 2521-2529. [More Information]
  • Cato, D. (2008). Ambient noise and its significance to aquatic life. Bioacoustics-the international journal of animal sound and its recording, 17, 21-23.
  • Miksis-Olds, J., Buck, J., Noad, M., Cato, D., Stokes, D. (2008). Information theory analysis of Australian humpback whale song. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(4), 2385-2393. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2008). Non-song acoustic communication in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science, 24(3), 613-629. [More Information]
  • Noad, M., Cato, D. (2007). Swimming Speeds of Singing and Non-Singing Humpback Whales During Migration. Marine Mammal Science, 23(3), 481-495. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., Cato, D., Stokes, D. (2007). The social vocalization repertoire of east Australian migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(5), 2893-2905. [More Information]
  • Thode, A., Gerstoft, P., Burgess, W., Sabra, K., Guerra, M., Stokes, D., Noad, M., Cato, D. (2006). A Portable Matched-Field Processing System Using Passive Acoustic Time Synchronization. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 31(3), 696-710. [More Information]
  • Lemon, M., Lynch, T., Cato, D., Harcourt, R. (2006). Response of travelling bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) to experimental approaches by a powerboat in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Biological Conservation, 127, 363-372. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Cato, D. (2012). A perspective on 30 years of progress in ambient noise: Source mechanisms and the characteristics of the sound field. AIP Conference Proceedings (2012), New York: AIP Publishing. [More Information]
  • Cato, D. (2008). Ocean ambient noise: its measurement and its significance to marine animals. Institute of Acoustics: Underwater Noise Measurement, Impact and Mitigation 2008 Conference, United Kingdom: Curran Associates, Inc.

2019

  • Girola, E., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., Cato, D. (2019). Source levels of humpback whales decrease with frequency suggesting an air-filled resonator is used in sound production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(2), 869-880. [More Information]

2018

  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2018). A behavioural dose-response model for migrating humpback whales and seismic air gun noise. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133, 506-516. [More Information]

2017

  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Scott-Hayward, L., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2017). Determining the behavioural dose-response relationship of marine mammals to air gun noise and source proximity. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220(16), 2878-2886. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Thomas, F., Parsons, M., Erbe, C., Cato, D., Duncan, A., Gavrilov, A., Parnum, I., Salgado-Kent, C. (2017). Developing an Underwater Sound Recorder: The Long and Short (Time) of It. Acoustics Australia, 45(2), 301-311. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, A., Owen, K., Williamson, M., Blomberg, S., Noad, M., Goldizen, A., Kniest, E., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2017). Evidence for the functions of surface-active behaviors in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science, 33(1), 313-334. [More Information]
  • Kavanagh, A., Noad, M., Blomberg, S., Goldizen, A., Kniest, E., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2017). Factors driving the variability in diving and movement behavior of migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae): Implications for anthropogenic disturbance studies. Marine Mammal Science, 33(2), 413-439. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2017). The behavioural response of migrating humpback whales to a full seismic airgun array. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1869), 1-10. [More Information]

2016

  • Cato, D., Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Paton, D., Kavanagh, A. (2016). Addressing challenges in studies of behavioral responses of whales to noise. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 145-152). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Soars, N., Byrne, M., Cato, D. (2016). Characterization of the Sounds Produced by Temperate and Tropical Sea Urchins During Feeding (Diadematidae and Echinometridae). In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 1075-1080). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Cato, D. (2016). Evening choruses in the Perth Canyon and their potential link with Myctophidae fishes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), 2384-2398. [More Information]
  • Pirotta, V., Slip, D., Jonsen, I., Peddemors, V., Cato, D., Ross, G., Harcourt, R. (2016). Migrating humpback whales show no detectable response to whale alarms off Sydney, Australia. Endangered Species Research, 29(3), 201-209. [More Information]
  • McCauley, R., Cato, D., Duncan, A. (2016). Regional Variations and Trends in Ambient Noise: Examples from Australian Waters. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 687-696). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Slade, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2016). Response of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to ramp-up of a small experimental air gun array. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103(1-2), 72-83. [More Information]
  • Lewandowski, J., Luczkovich, J., Cato, D., Dunlop, R. (2016). Summary Report Panel 3: Gap Analysis from the Perspective of Animal Biology: Results of the Panel Discussion from the Third International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. In Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins (Eds.), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, (pp. 1277-1281). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

2015

  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., McCauley, R., Kniest, E., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2015). The Behavioural Response of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to a 20 Cubic Inch Air Gun. Aquatic Mammals, 41(4), 412-433. [More Information]

2014

  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2014). Evidence of a Lombard response in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(1), 430-437. [More Information]

2013

  • Cato, D., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., McCauley, R., Gales, N., Kent, C., Kniest, H., Paton, D., Jenner, C., et al (2013). A study of the behavioural response of whales to the noise of seismic air guns: Design, methods and progress. Acoustics Australia, 41(1), 88-97.
  • Cato, D., Noad, M., Dunlop, R., McCauley, R., Kniest, H., Paton, D., Kent, C., Jenner, C. (2013). Behavioral responses of humpback whales to seismic air guns. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., Cato, D., Kniest, E., Miller, P., Smith, J., Stokes, M. (2013). Multivariate analysis of behavioural response experiments in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(5), 759-770. [More Information]

2012

  • Cato, D. (2012). A perspective on 30 years of progress in ambient noise: Source mechanisms and the characteristics of the sound field. AIP Conference Proceedings (2012), New York: AIP Publishing. [More Information]

2011

  • Noad, M., Dunlop, R., Paton, D., Cato, D. (2011). Absolute and relative abundance estimates of Australian east coast humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, Special Issue 3, 243-252.

2010

  • Wright, K., Higgs, D., Cato, D., Leis, J. (2010). Auditory sensitivity in settlement-stage larvae of coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs, 29(1), 235-243. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2010). Your attention please: increasing ambient noise levels elicits a change in communication behaviour in Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277, 2521-2529. [More Information]

2008

  • Cato, D. (2008). Ambient noise and its significance to aquatic life. Bioacoustics-the international journal of animal sound and its recording, 17, 21-23.
  • Miksis-Olds, J., Buck, J., Noad, M., Cato, D., Stokes, D. (2008). Information theory analysis of Australian humpback whale song. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(4), 2385-2393. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Cato, D., Noad, M. (2008). Non-song acoustic communication in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science, 24(3), 613-629. [More Information]
  • Cato, D. (2008). Ocean ambient noise: its measurement and its significance to marine animals. Institute of Acoustics: Underwater Noise Measurement, Impact and Mitigation 2008 Conference, United Kingdom: Curran Associates, Inc.

2007

  • Noad, M., Cato, D. (2007). Swimming Speeds of Singing and Non-Singing Humpback Whales During Migration. Marine Mammal Science, 23(3), 481-495. [More Information]
  • Dunlop, R., Noad, M., Cato, D., Stokes, D. (2007). The social vocalization repertoire of east Australian migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(5), 2893-2905. [More Information]

2006

  • Thode, A., Gerstoft, P., Burgess, W., Sabra, K., Guerra, M., Stokes, D., Noad, M., Cato, D. (2006). A Portable Matched-Field Processing System Using Passive Acoustic Time Synchronization. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 31(3), 696-710. [More Information]
  • Lemon, M., Lynch, T., Cato, D., Harcourt, R. (2006). Response of travelling bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) to experimental approaches by a powerboat in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Biological Conservation, 127, 363-372. [More Information]

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