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Wesley Elsberry

Scientific/Engineering Programmer - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Visiting Research Associate - Digital Evolution Lab Michigan State University

Research using evolutionary computation to investigate the evolution of intelligent behavior. Modification of Avida artificial life program to permit movement of digital organisms in a two-dimensional grid. Modification of the Avida-ED program to allow regional configuration of the grid. Programming in C++, Python, Matlab, and Perl. Use of Apple XCode IDE.

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Jan 2007 - Aug 2009
Information Project Director - National Center for Science Education

Analysis of antievolutionary arguments, especially with respect to those touching on information theory and evolutionary computation. System administration for a FreeBSD file server (v. 4.7 to 6.2) and network serving Windows and Macintosh clients. Programming in PHP and MySQL for intranet development. Support and maintenance of an ASP organizational website. Specification and early prototype of a Drupal organizational site.

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Nov 2003 - Feb 2007
Behavioral Research Programmer - US Navy Marine Mammal Program Science Applications International Corporation

Design and implementation of software systems for data collection, data visualization, and data analysis. Experimental design for psychophysics, especially in auditory tasks. Use of Delphi (v. 1 to 5) and Perl. Design and implementation of digital electronics for data collection and communications. Calibration and use of acoustic equipment, including charge amplifiers and hydrophones. Calibration and use of pressure catheters.

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Apr 1998 - Sep 2003
Scientific/Engineering Programmer - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Database design and implementation. Application software design and implementation. Object-oriented analysis and design. Use of design patterns. Training in Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, C# with Windows Forms. Python programming for complex database migration tasks.

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Jul 2009 - Present
Degree - University  
Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - Texas A&M University

Training in animal behavior, bioacoustics, population dynamics, and behavioral ecology. Research on lekking prairie chickens, a recuperating Atlantic spotted dolphin, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales, and California sea lions.

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1993 - 2003
MSCS, Computer Science - University of Texas at Arlington

Degree with thesis in the artificial intelligence track. Training included a survey of languages, compiler design, AI languages, artificial neural systems, and microprocessor system design. Primary topic of research interest was artificial neural systems.

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1986 - 1989
BS, Zoology - University of Florida

Liberal arts and sciences program with zoology major. Chemistry through organic chemistry. One year of physics. Math through calculus. Zoology courses in invertebrate zoology through an elective graduate course. Also took a series of photography courses through the College of Fine Arts.

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1978 - 1982
Publication Info
Vocal reporting of echolocation targets: dolphins often report before click trains end. Ridgway SH, Elsberry WR, Blackwood DJ, Kamolnick T, Todd M, Carder DA, Chaplin M, Cranford TW J Acoust Soc Am. 131(1):593-8. doi: 10.1121/1.3664074. January 2012. View on PubMed.
Hearing and whistling in the deep sea: depth influences whistle spectra but does not attenuate hearing by white whales (Delphinapterus leucas) (Odontoceti, Cetacea). Ridgway SH, Carder DA, Kamolnick T, Smith RR, Schlundt CE, Elsberry WR J Exp Biol. 204(Pt 22):3829-41. November 2001. View on PubMed.
Comments on "broadband spectra of seismic survey air-gun emissions, with reference to dolphin auditory thresholds" [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 103, 2177-2184 (1998)]. Ridgway SH, Carder DA, Kamolnick T, Schlundt CE, Elsberry W, Hastings M J Acoust Soc Am. 105(3):2047-50. March 1999. View on PubMed.
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