Department of Biological Sciences

JeannetteJeanette A. Thomas, Professor (WIU Quad Cities)
Coordinator, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Zoo & Aquarium Studies*

Marine & terrestrial mammalogy, bioacoustics, zoo animal enrichment  

IMPORTANT: Dr. Thomas only advises students at the WIU-QC campus in Moline IL or at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, not at the main campus in Macomb.

Contact Information:

Phone:  (309) 762-9481, ext 311

Web Address: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Zoo & Aquarium Studies 

Brochure/Flatsheet: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Zoo & Aquarium Studies

Mailing Address:
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
3561 60th St.
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
    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 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.


Theses :
  • 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