I’m Samara Haver. I am a Ph.D. candidate and NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar in Wildlife Science at Oregon State University. My dissertation research focuses on soundscapes and ocean noise within U.S. waters. My data comes from the NOAA/NPS Noise Reference Station Network, a collaborative effort to record underwater sound in diverse ecosystems, including U. S. National Marine Sanctuaries and U. S. National Parks. I work in the OSU CIMRS/NOAA PMEL acoustics lab and I am advised by Dr. Scott Heppell in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. I also completed my master’s research at Oregon State University in the Research Collective for Applied Acoustics, advised by Dr. Holger Klinck. Before pursuing graduate research, I worked at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center under Dr. Sofie Van Parijs in the Protected Species Branch passive acoustics research group. At NOAA I cultivated the skills to focus my passion for marine science to the study of marine acoustics. I completed my undergraduate degree at the Colorado College and directed my interest in science towards the ocean during the semester I spent aboard a tall ship with the Sea Education Association (SEA).