Department of Biological Sciences

JeannetteJeanette A. Thomas, Professor Emerita, now Associate Faculty

Marine and terrestrial mammalogy, bioacoustics, zoo animal enrichment

Contact Information:

E-mail: (preferred method of communication)

Mailing Address:
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
Quad Cities Complex, Room 1207
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265

  • Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, Post-doctoral research, 1980-1985
  • University of Minnesota, Post-doctoral research, 1979-1980
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology & Behavioral Ecology, 1979
  • University of Minnesota, M.S. in Evolutionary Biology & Behavioral Ecology, 1977
  • Western Illinois University, B.S. in Zoology and B.S. in Botany, 1973
  • High School diploma, Northwestern High School, Sciota, Illinois, 1970
Areas of Specialization:Dr. Jeanette Thomas

Mammalogist with special interest in sensory behavior, using bioacoustics as apopulation assessment tool, the effects of human-made noise on animals, and behavioral enrichment of captive animals.

Additional Resources
Professional Publications:
  • Thomas, J. A. Editing Aquatic Mammals (1999-2009): the Times; they were a changing. Aquatic Mammals. 40 (1).
  • 2014. Stansbury A. L., Thomas J. A., Stalf C. E., Murphy L. D., Lombardi D., Carpenter J. and Mueller T. Behavioural Audiogram of Two Arctic Foxes
    (Vulpes lagopus). Polar Biology.
    Online version DOI 10.1007/s00300-014-1446-5.
  • 2012. Therrien, S. E., Thomas, J. A., Therrien, R. E., and R. Stacey. Time of Day and Social Change Affects on Underwater Sound Production by Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at the Brookfield Zoo. Aquatic Mammals. 38(1), 65-75, DOI 10.1578/AM.38.1.2012.65
  • Vicente, E., Neves, J., Thomas, J. and R. Hale. A Squirrel’s Tale.
  • Wartzok, D., C. Erbe, W.M. Getz, and >strong>J. Thomas. 2012. Marine Mammal Acoustics Exposure Analysis Models Used in U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Statements. In Popper, A. N. and A. Hawkins, eds. In The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Pp. 551-557. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.
  • 2011. Gabriela Munoz, G., Karamanlidis. K., Dendrinos, P. and J. A. Thomas. Aerial Vocalizations by Wild and Rehabilitating Mediterranean Monk Seals (Monachus monachus) in Greece. Aquatic Mammals special issue on monk seals. 37(3), 262-279.
  • Loeding, E., Thomas, J. A., Bernier, D. and R. Santymire. Using Fecal Hormonal and Behavioral Analysis to Evaluate the Introduction of two Sable Antelope at Lincoln Park Zoo. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 14:220-246. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2011.576968.
  • 1979. Thomas, J.A. Quantitative analysis of the vocal repertoire of the Weddell seal(Leptonychotes weddellii) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 99 pp. Major Professor: Donald B. Siniff
  • 1977. Thomas, J.A. Parental care and mating systems in the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). M.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 100 pp. Major Professor: Elmer C. Birney
Membership in Professional Organizations:
  • Acoustical Society of America, Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Association for Women in Science
  • European Association of Aquatic Mammals
  • The Society for Marine Mammalogy
  • International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association