The Team

Current Team

Peter Wrege

Peter Wrege

Peter became the director of the Elephant Listening Project (ELP) in January 2007. A behavioral ecologist, Peter has made Ithaca his base for more than 30 years, and has been fortunate to work for long periods of time in the field, observing animals in their natural environments and trying to understand what makes them tick. Although he has worked in such exotic places as Venezuela, Panamá, and the Galapagos, his eight years of research in Kenya, East Africa, were particularly influential. He is very happy to be back in Africa to carry on ELP’s research program in the equatorial rainforests of the Congo Basin.

Daniela Hedwig

Daniela Hedwig

Daniela joined us in 2016 in a Post-doc position, having studied the vocal behavior of gorillas in Central African Republic and Uganda for her PhD. Besides her academic background, her passion for the conservation of African wildlife has led her to initiate community outreach projects in collaboration with national authorities and NGOs. She also spearheaded a biomonitoring program in a National Park in Gabon. Immediately before she joined us, she was working with WWF Germany on wildlife crime related issues, focusing on the African elephant poaching crisis. She is excited to have the opportunity to apply her experience in field-based research and practical conservation efforts to monitor forest elephant populations and to better understand the functions of their vocalizations.

Liz Rowland

Liz Rowland

Liz’s career has focused on wildlife behavior and conservation. She was delighted to join the Elephant Listening Project in 2004. She mainly analyzes our sound recordings to identify elephant rumbles and gunshots, but also provides other support and trains our small army of volunteers.

Andrea Turkalo

Andrea Turkalo

Andrea devoted more than 27 years of her life to the first and longest demographic study of African forest elephants anywhere. She identified and cataloged over 4,000 individuals dwelling in the Dzanga National Park, Central African Republic, and tracked their family lives and associations, often from birth to adulthood. A founding member of the Elephant Listening Project, Andrea’s knowledge of this population continues to be an integral part of the project. For much of her time at Dzanga Bai, Andrea was a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and a member of the IUCN’s African Elephant Specialist Group.

Ana Verahrami

Ana began her sojourn with ELP while still an undergraduate at Cornell, quickly making herself indispensable. After assisting with the analysis of elephant vocal signals, she threw herself into preparations to help us restart the study at Dzanga after Andrea retired, heading out to Africa for months in the field. If she was not hooked on forest elephants before, she became so—not only because of the elephants but also the children in the local village.

Bobbi Estabrook

Bobbi first touched base with ELP in 2007, when she attended the first ever Sound Analysis Workshop. By that time Bobbi had been working with captive elephants in Florida, had read Katy Payne’s pioneering research on elephant infrasound and the African elephant poaching crisis was crystalizing her interest in active conservation. She began working at BRP in 2008, focused on the use of passive acoustic technology to understand the ecology of baleen whales and to further their conservation. We have been trying to get her increasingly involved in our work on forest elephants, and she is now completing a masters degree based on a study of forest elephants in Ghana.


Nouabalé-Ndoki Acoustic Team

An extraordinary team of committed conservationists. Left to right: Frelcia Bambi, Terry Brncic, Onesi Samba and Phael Malonga.

These Wildlife Conservation Society researchers have been working with ELP for more than two years and now can independently maintain, curate, and analyze data from the largest acoustic monitoring grid in any tropical forest ecosystem.

Clement Inkamba-Nkulu
Russel Tsoumou

Clement Inkamba-Nkulu & Russel Tsoumou
Clement and Russel are Congolese biologists who have been working with WCS-Congo for many years. Clement recently completed his M.S.c degree, studying the movement of forest elephants among a cluster of clearings in Congo, including the Dzanga clearing studied by Andrea Turkalo.

Clement is principle investigator on a new study at two recently discovered bais in Congo, just east of Djobo Bai in Gabon. This is a critical area for forest elephants and currently under considerable pressure from poachers. Clement and Russel are working with ELP to collect acoustic data at these bais and also to make the first attempts to use night-vision photography to identify individuals visiting the bai at night.

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS began working in Gabon in 1985 when Richard Barnes started a 4-year project to estimate the number of elephants there. Since that time, WCS has become a major force for conservation in Central Africa, with a key presence in Gabon and in Congo.  ELP has been working as a collaborator with WCS since 2007, providing new and unique information about forest elephants to help in the conservation effort.


Compagnie Equitoriale des Bois

CEB was the first company in Gabon to operate under the principles of sustainable forestry management. CEB produced Central Africa’s first comprehensive forestry management plan. Under Gabonese law, the forest must be managed on a sustainable basis. The company is owned by Precious Woods.

ELP has been recording elephants at several forest clearings, or bais (the foresters call them ‘salines’) in this concession, including one that turns out to be the most active bai known to date in Gabon.

Extended Family

Mya Thompson

Mya Thompson

A member of the Elephant Listening Project since its inception in 1999, Mya took a break to study for a PhD and have two babies! Her research focused on improving acoustic monitoring methodologies for African forest elephants and understanding the role vocal signals play in maintaining their social system. She was awarded her doctorate in September 2009.

Mya now pursues her passion for education as part of the education program at the Lab of Ornithology (close at hand for frequent consultation about all things elephant).

Nicolas Bout

Nicolas Bout

Nico spent many years working to understand the ecosystem known as the Plateaux Bateke, with a special commitment to the conservation of large mammals, especially the forest elephant.

As head of the Bateke Elephant Project he made important strides toward expanding our knowledge of how elephants use this ecosystem, and increasing the interest and commitment of local people to find alternative land uses that are compatible with sharing the landscape with elephants and other important fauna.

From 2007-2010 Nico was a key collaborator with ELP in our monitoring efforts in the Bateke region.

Modeste Douckaga

Modeste Douckaga
Modeste has been observing and identifying elephants in Gabon for more than five years. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society elephant research team, he has been the key person establishing a database of elephant identities for Langoue Bai, Ivindo National Park. Modeste is now teaching new researchers about elephant observation and identification.

Olivia Schultz

Olivia Schultz
Olivia works with the Elephant Monitoring Team at the Wildlife Conservation Society – Gabon, consulting on strategy and developing initiatives for elephant conservation. She plays a key role in keeping ELP’s acoustic monitoring projects ticking over (where?) and helping us identify places where we could assist in attaining conservation goals.


Bruce Thompson
Nik Batruch

 Bruce Thompson and Nik Batruch

Bruce is a professor of physics at Ithaca College. He’s also the father of one of ELP’s founding members, Mya Thompson. He has had an active interest in ELP ever since Mya started here. Nik was one of Bruce’s students when the two of them went with Peter to Gabon in 2007 and provided the expertise for recording seismic activity for the project on the effect of oil exploration on elephant activity (link). Nik has now moved on to a career in sound engineering.

Edward Wiafe

Edward Wiafe

Edward has been working in Kakum National Park, Ghana (one of ELP’s study sites) since 2003. He took a leave of absence to study for an M.S.c at Freiburg University, Germany. As part of this, he joined us for a summer internship in 2007. He is now back in Kakum NP, working as a Law Enforcement and Protection Officer. He is conducting research for his PhD (with Cape Coast University) on the ecology of a primate species in Kakum Conservation Area. ELP is very happy to have Edward as a colleague: we hope to have a long and fruitful relationship with him.

Dzanga Ba’Aka Team

Dzanga BaEarlier

A team of Ba’Aka ‘pygmies’ provides support to the Elephant Listening Project in the Central African Republic. Their intimate knowledge of the equatorial rainforest and its inhabitants has proven essential to the success of our field efforts.




Like the matriarch of an elephant family, Andrea mentored the father of some of the current Ba’Aka research team.


Interns & Volunteers (reverse chronology)

Isabella Eclipse

Hazel Park

Evey Schreiner

Esther Lee

Sarah Wesley

Lisa Schreiner

Jessica Lecorchick

Jaden Jeswald

Sonia Lulla

Shannon Williamson

Sarah Towne

Read Barbee

Stephanie Carmody

Rebecca DeWees

Simone Gatson

Ruby Guo 6

Raina Kamrat

Shashank Vura

Elise Kronbichler

Sandra Lapinska

Emma Silva

Laura Stenzler

Montana Stone

Brooke Su

Emily Thomas

Jonathan Tran

Conchita Trerisa

Emma Birch

Gabi Hammell

Shlagha Karjee

Anisha Luthra

Teddy Matel

Sophie Rabinowicz

Leila Reines

Emily Sheerer

Shimon Shuchat

Chris Umeki

Suzan Fadelz

Gabriella Alvarez

Monica Branca

Abbey Doyno

Rebecca Ebiana

Viridiana Garcia

Julia Gil

Emily Keenan

David Labib

Alan Polyak

Michelle Shin

Victor Tran

Justin Weinstock

Natasha Bartolotta

Laura Bhola

Eden Doh

Jenn Guerrero

Kiana Harrel

Becky Higgins

Allison Huysman

Zaynub Ibrahim

Nathalie Lindor

Angela Lu

Liz Wahid

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Brooks

Zarah Deutsch

Johnathan Gomes

Shanna Johnson

Leanna Kelly

Megan Lee

Chaunte Lewis

Dou Mao

Elise Newman

Mieke Ruina

Emily Berman

Catie Davis

Sylvie Finn

Natalie Gonzalez

Caitlin Keeney

Sarina Pacifici

Daphne Shen

David Singler

Jennifer Stevens

Kristina Ceres

Jasmine Daniel

Maya DeBellis

Ben Fleury

Alexa Hilmer

Polly Homlberg

Sarah Kim

Anastasia Melnyk

Julia Reagan

Hunter Reed

Ciara Rodriguez

Rachel Ruden

Sophie Trowbridge

Marissa Valesquez

Justin Zloty

Rachel Chuang

Simon Fines

Lucy Keeler

Gabe Lewenstein

Kate Salesin

Sarah Smith

Robbie Strom

Shanna Wade

Michelle Jang

Veronica Kim

Amanda Nichols

 Emily Satinsky

Sage Solomine

Jeffrey Arendash

Laura Krasnow

Kate Mattera

Gita Chelluri

Katie Graziano

Michelle Mathios

Emily Peck

Stephanie Iacovelli

Erin Allen


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