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Peter M. Scheifele, MD PhD LCDR USN (Ret.)

Peter M. Scheifele, Ph.D. LCDR USN (Ret.), is an Assistant Professor of Bioacoustics and Hearing/Speech Science at the University of Cincinnati. With degrees in Physics, Oceanography, Physical Acoustics and Animal Bioacoustics with a medical elective in head and neck, and neuro anatomy (MDr) and an elective in mechanical engineering, Dr. Scheifele has been involved with human neuroaudiology research for 10 years and animal/marine mammal bioacoustic research and training for 30 years. A recipient of a presidential award from George Herbert Walker Bush for pioneering work in dolphin bioacoustic research and an awarded member of the Order of the Decibel he specializes in neuroaudiology and electrophysiology primarily through integrated research into animal hearing and specifically canine deafness. Dr. Scheifele also serves as a consultant to the Georgia Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Newport Aquarium, Army and Navy and League for Animal Welfare on matters of animal audiology and bioacoustics.

Director of University of Cincinnati FETCHLAB™ and Principal Investigator (PI)
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Kathryn Bright, Ph.D.

Kathryn Bright is a professor of audiology and speech-language sciences at the University of Northern Colorado and director of FETCHLAB™ UNC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in audiology from Florida State University, and a doctorate in hearing science from the University of Arizona. Her research interests are in cochlear physiology, auditory electrophysiology, psychoacoustics, and otoacoustic emissions. She was instrumental in obtaining an innovation grant for development of the FETCHLAB™ at UNC in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati FETCHLAB™ program for testing and investigation of animal hearing. Bright is currently the audiology graduate coordinator at UNC, overseeing the AuD program and the admissions process. She received the 2014 Steve Ackley Award for Excellence in Audiology Education.

Director of FETCHLAB™ at the University of Northern Colorado and Co-Principal Investigator
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John Greer Clark, Ph.D.

John Greer Clark, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. A Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association he has served on both the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology Boards of Directors and as Chair of the American Board of Audiology. Dr. Clark is a recipient of the Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the author of a number of professional and academic texts on hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation.

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Kristine E. Sonstrom, Au.D., Ph.D.

Kristine Sonstrom is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at the University of Akron and Director of FETCHLAB™ Akron. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Animal Science and Bioacoustics from the University of Connecticut, a Clinical Audiology Doctorate (Au.D.) and a Philosophy Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are in auditory electrophysiology, neuroaudiology, animal audiology and bioacoustics, and vestibular assessment and management of patient’s with balance disorders. She has worked with the executive director of FETCHLAB™, Dr. Scheifele, through education and research for the past 12 years and continues to collaborate with him on research projects pertaining to the assessment and management of hearing in animals. Kristine is a licensed audiologist, Board Certified through the American Board of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Director of FETCHLAB™ at the University of Akron and Co-Principal Investigator
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Laura Kretschmer, Ed.D.

Laura Kretschmer, Ed.D., is a doctoral graduate of Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  An Honors recipient of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Fellow of both  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Kretschmer has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in audiology at the University of Cincinnati for a number of years, with special emphasis on basic hearing diagnostic assessment, auditory diseases and pediatric assessment and intervention.

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Maureen McDaniel, M.Ed.

Maureen McDaniel, M.Ed., graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kettering College of Medical Arts with an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Sonography. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Professions also at Kettering maintaining the Summa Cum Laude status. Maureen received her Master’s in Education through the University of Rio Grande. She is registered in Abdomen, OB/gyn, Adult Cardiac, and Vascular ultrasound through the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonography, ARDMS and has published in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Janet Stein, M.A.

Janet Stein, M.A., obtained an M.A. in audiology from San Diego State University and a B.A. from UCLA, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She is certified in Audiology by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She practiced as a clinical audiologist from 1975-2003, first as originator and Chief of the Audiology Department at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego which served over 200,000 subscribers in San Diego County and later as Director of Audiology for the Hearing and Balance Laboratory of Otology Associates in Cincinnati.

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Lesa Scheifele

Lesa Scheifele holds a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College in California. The EATM degree is the premier degree for animal trainers and zookeepers worldwide. Having worked at zoos with animal training and husbandry, and as an emergency veterinary technician, she brings a well-rounded background that includes hands-on experience with domestic and exotic animals, including marine mammals. Founder of the “The Lost Ark”, an environmental education company that brought trained exotic animals to schools in New England for over 20 years, she is also an animal behaviour consultant and wildlife rehabilitator. Lesa’s highly trained dog “Otter” has been featured on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, and on Animal Planet. Lesa taught “Introduction to Companion Animal Management” for the University of Connecticut’s Animal Science Department for 7 years before moving to the Cincinnati area.

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Sarah Couch, Ph.D.

Sarah Couch Ph.D., is an Associate professor of nutrition and heads research on canine nutrition with regard to hearing deficits and diabetes.

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Jennifer Wells, DVM

Jennifer Wells, DVM is the Director of the Raymond Walters Veterinary Technology program.  Dr Wells is particularly interested in small animal veterinary services and research on small animal diseases.

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Students

Student Name Major Research Interest
Giulia Raponi Bioacoustics (Ph.D.) Mammals Bioacoustics, Animal Behaviour, Marine Biology
Caitlyn Iammarino Audiology (Au.D.)  Animal Audiology
Elizabeth Hanson  Biology  Marine Biology, Bioacoustics
April Leake Speech-Language Pathology  Communication Sciences and Disorders
Katie Schmittou Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.S.)  Communication Sciences and Disorders
Evan Murphy Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.S.)  Kennel noise exposure in regards to military working dogs
Kara Detty Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.S.)  Communication Sciences and Disorders
Megan Davis Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.S.) Music and Canines
Alyson Janning Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.S.)  Audiology
Kelly Doone Audiology (Au.D.)  Audiology

Former Students

Amanda Gilbert- “Noise impacts on Polar Bears in Captivity” Ashley Vandlik- “Canine hearing protection devices for military working dogs” Kristine Sonstrom- “Normative data for puppy screening BAER testing” Erica Combs- “Testing of room acoustics for hearing testing” Elicia Pillion- “Noise impacts on Seahorses” Racel Ranz– “Diver intelligibility testing at one atmosphere” Shawn Makepeace- Mismatch Negativity in draft horses” Justin Burwinkel- “Auditory acuity and intelligibility in human divers” Kelsey Culbertson- “Auditory acuity in Shark Rays” Allison Armstrong- “Using waterfall acoustic displays for directing choirs”

 

 

Our External Collaborators

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Michael J. Darre

Michael J. Darre, is a professor of animal science at the University of Connecticut and Certified Professional Animal Scientist, Board Certification in Avian Physiology.  He specializes in Environmental Animal Physiology, Avian Physiology: – Physiology of Stress: Physiological, Behavioral and Endocrinological aspects of Avian Thermoregulation and Audiology/Noise.

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Eric C. Gaglione

Eric C. Gaglione, is manager of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta responsible for all activities involving the care of the living collection for Cold Water Quest, River Scout and Georgia Explorer Galleries.  With a degree in Zoology and Wild Life Management from the State University of New York, Empire State College, he has been active in animal husbandry and aquaria management at several aquaria in the eastern United States.  Eric currently serves on a variety of professional committees and on the Board of Directors of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) as the Third Vice President.

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James H. Miller, Ph.D., SC.

James H. Miller, Ph.D., SC., earned his BSEE in 1979 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his MSEE in 1981 from Stanford University, and his Doctor of Science in Oceanographic Engineering in 1987 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty of The University of Rhode Island where he holds the rank of Professor of Ocean Engineering and Oceanography. In 2003, he was elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

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Gopu R. Potty , Ph.D.

Gopu R. Potty, Ph.D. finished his graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA in Ocean Engineering with specialization in Underwater Acoustics in the year 2000. He has been actively involved in research in the areas of Underwater Acoustics, Acoustical Oceanography, Acoustic Signal Processing and Marine Bio-Acoustics. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island.

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Tracy Romano, Ph.D.

Tracy Romano, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Research and Veterinary Services at the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and assists in conducting pathology research in stress and distress in marine mammals. Dr. Romano has extensive expertise in marine mammal physiological research.

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Monica Stoops, Ph.D.

Monica Stoops, Ph.D. is the Reproductive Physiologist at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  Dr. Stoops’s particular area of expertise is with rhinoceros.

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Karen Overall, Ph.D.

Karen Overall, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Overall received her BA, MA, and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She completed her residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as an Applied Animal Behaviorist.

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Cam Mauzy, Ph.D.

Cam Mauzy, Ph.D.

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Clinton George, COL US ARMY

Clinton George, COL US ARMY.

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Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

Michael Johnson, Ph.D., Marquette University.

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Tina Stoody, Ph.D.

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Jenny Weber

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David Browning, Ph.D.

David Browning, Ph.D. is the head of the Equine Vocalization Project (EVP) and a member of the Physics Department at the University of Rhode Island specializing in acoustics.

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