Maria is a doctoral student in the Marine Mammal Cognition and Behavior lab at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has gained extensive field experience researching savanna ecology in the Kruger National Park (South Africa) and cetacean behavior and acoustics in Key Largo, FL. She has been selected to attend an intensive week-long bioacoustics workshop (SeaBASS) hosted by Pennsylvania State University and funded by sponsors Acoustical Society of America, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Office of Naval Research. Here, she aims to enhance her foundation of marine animal acoustics, foster technical communication across disciplines, and develop professional relationships within the field. Directly after this workshop in Washington, D.C., she will fly to Colombia to be our resident acoustician in the endevour to record humpback whale song with us in the field.