Staff Profile

Dan Zitterbart


Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering


Phone: +1 508 289 3613

Address: Bigelow 213B,   Mail Stop: 11


Lab/Group Site:


Dr. rer-nat (PhD) Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 2013
Diploma Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 2006

Research Interests

Ocean Acoustics, Ambient Noise, Marine Mammal Acoustics, Collective Dynamics, Seabird colony structures, Animal Migration


Biophysics Group, Department of Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


  • ONR Young Investigator Award (YIP) (2019)
  • WHOI Innovative Technology Award (2018)
  • Mary Sears visitor Award (2018)
  • WHOI Interdisciplinary Award (2017)
  • Doherty Postdoctoral Scholarship Award, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2015)
  • Briese-Award for Marine Science for Young Investigators, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (2013)
  • Highlights of 2013 collection, New Journal of Physics for the article „Origin of traveling waves in an emperor penguin huddle” (2013)
  • Best Poster Prize, International Summer School for Pattern Recognition (ISSPR), British Society of Pattern Recognition (2010)
  • Ohmprize of the University of Erlangen for extraordinary thesis in physics (2007)
  • American Society of Cell Biology International Student Travel Award (2007)
  • Prize of the German Chemical Industry fund for the valedictorian in chemistry and physics (1999)