My passion and love for animals began at a young age and ever since I can remember I grew up in a house filled with pets ranging from dogs and cats through to rabbits, chickens and ducks. My interest in animals matured with me completing my undergraduate degree in zoology.  From there, a chance encounter with a stranded leopard seal at a local Sydney beach, led me to my current path in marine ecology.


I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mammal Lab at the University of New South Wales. 

My research investigates the structure and function of vocal signals.  It aims to understand the role of acoustic communication in the behaviour, ecology and spatial movements of mammals. It will also determine how acoustic signals produced by animals can adapt and change under varying environmental and anthropogenic fluctuations.



My current research focuses on using the acoustic behaviour of blue whales as a tool to understand it spatial movements, behaviour and distribution. The blue whale is elusive, highly vocal, long lived and displays phenotypic plasticity in their vocalisations, making them an interesting and complicated species to study.   


My past research has involved investigating the role of vocal recognition in animal communication.  Specifically observational and experimental playback studies were used to decode the important acoustic features used in vocal recognition in seals. The research also investigated the auditory ability of seals and the impacts of anthropogenic noise on its behaviour and communication.


My research interests include:

- understanding the emotions of animals through their vocalisations;

- developing passive acoustic monitoring techniques to remotely and non-invasively measure animal behaviour; and

- conducting experimental playback studies to understand the intrinsic components in animal recognition and communication


Lucke, K., Van Dun, B., Gardner-Berry, K., Carter, L., Martin, K., Rogers, T., Tripovich, J.S. (in press). Click-evoked auditory brainstem responses in an Australian sea lion, Neophoca cinerea.  Aquatic Mammals 2016, 42(2), xxx-xxx, DOI 10.1578/


Tripovich, J.S., Klinck, H., Nieukirk, S.L., Adams, T., Mellinger, D.K., Balcazar, N.E., Klinck, K., Hall, E.J.S., Rogers, T.L. (2015).  Temporal segregation of the Australia and Antarctic blue whale call types (Balaenoptera musculus spp) Journal of Mammalogy 96(2) 


Balcazar N.E., Tripovich J.S., Klinck H., Nieukirk S.L., Mellinger D.K., Dziak R.P., Rogers T.L. (2015) Calls reveal population structure of blue whales across the southeast Indian Ocean and southwest Pacific Ocean. Journal of Mammalogy


Balcazar, N., Klinck, H., Nieukirk, S., Mellinger, D., Tripovich, J.S., Dziak, R. and Rogers, T. (2014). Acoustics as a tool to reveal population structure of the elusive blue whale. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Underwater Acoustic. Rhodes, Greece. 


Tripovich, J.S., Hall-Aspland, S., Charrier, I., Arnould, J.P.Y. (2012).  The behavioural response of Australian fur seals to motor boat noise. PLoS one 7(5): e37228. 


Gavrilov, A., McCauley, R., Salgado-Kent, C., Tripovich, J., Burton, C.  (2011) Vocal characteristics of pygmy blue whales and their change over time Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 130 (6), 3651-3660.


Tripovich, J.S., Rogers, T.L, Purdy,S., Hogg,C.H. (2011).  Evoked potential trials with a leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonynx). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 129 (1): 483-487.


Hall-Aspland, S.A., Rogers, T.L., Canfield, R., and Tripovich, J.S. (2010).  Food transit times in captive leopard seals (Hydrurga leoptonyx). Polar Biology DOI 10.1007/S00300-010-862-4


Tripovich, J.S. (2010) ‘Vocal communication in Australian fur seals.’ VDM Publishing House Ltd ISBN 978-3-639-23664-4


Tripovich, J.S., Rogers, T.L. and Dutton, G. (2009).  Faecal testosterone concentrations and the acoustic behavior of two male captive Australian fur seals.  Australian Mammalogy 31(2):117-122. doi:10.1071/AM09009


Tripovich, J.S., Canfield, R., Rogers, T.L. and Arnould, J.P.Y. (2009).  Individual variation of the Female Attraction Call produced by Australian fur seal pups throughout the maternal dependence period.  Bioacoustics-The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording 18: 259-276.


Tripovich, J.S., Charrier, I., Rogers, T.L., Canfield, R., and Arnould, J.P.Y. (2008).  Who goes there?  The dear-enemy effect in male Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus).  Marine Mammal Science 24(4): 941-948.


Tripovich, J.S., Charrier, I., Rogers, T.L., Canfield, R., and Arnould, J.P.Y. (2008).  Acoustic features involved in the neighbour-stranger vocal recognition process in male Australian fur seals. Behavioural Processes 79 (1): 74-80.


Tripovich, J.S., Canfield, R., Rogers, T.L. and Arnould, J.P.Y. (2008).  Characterisation of Australian fur seal vocalizations during the breeding season.  Marine Mammal Science 24(4): 913-928.


Tripovich, J.S., Rogers, T.L., Canfield, R. and Arnould, J.P.Y.  (2006). Individual variation in the pup attraction call produced by female Australian fur seals during early lactation.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 120 (1), 502-509.


Tripovich, J.S., Rogers, T.L. and Arnould, J.P.Y.  (2005). Species-specific characteristics and individual variation of the Bark Call produced by male Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus).  Bioacoustics-The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording 15 (1), 79-96.


Tripovich, J and Rogers, T.L 2003.  Acoustic behaviour of Australian fur seals, Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus.  Proceedings of the 8th Western Pacific Acoustics Conference. Melbourne, Australia, April 2003.  Reference: TA23


  • Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust Grant (2012)

  • Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Internal Research grant (2010)

  • Australian Geographic Society Seed Grant $1000 (2010)

  • Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust Grant (2009)

  • James N Kirby Grant (2008)

  • Nintendo Product Sponsorship of Wii Balance Equipment (2008)

  • The Australian Geographic Sponsorship Grant (2003)

  • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme University of Sydney (2002-2004)

  • Joyce Vickery Scientific Research Fund, Linnean Society of NSW  (2008)

  • Syntec International (2004 & 2006)

  • The Eric Horatio Grant (2004)

  • Zoo Friends Fellowship (Zoological Parks Board of NSW) (2003)

  • Project AWARE Foundation Grant Programme (2001)