Faculty and Staff

Soraya Bartol

Soraya Bartol

Professor of Marine Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research and Supervisor of the Research Vessel


B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., Ph.D., The College of William and Mary

Office Location: Greer 221; Clarke Hall 113
Phone: 757-757-455-3372
Email: sbartol@vwu.edu
Department/s: Biology

Bartol received her doctoral degree from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, just up the road from VWC in Gloucester Point, Va. She has taught courses at UCLA and worked on postdoctoral research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass. Bartol's research has focused on sensory physiology of sea turtles and marine fishes. "I have always been fascinated with how marine organisms sense their surrounding environments and how they then use this information to make choices," she says. "I especially enjoy working with sea turtles, knowing that my research could be valuable in the conservation of an endangered species."

Lavender, AL, SM Bartol and IK Bartol.  2014.  Ontogenetic investigation of underwater hearing capabilities of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) using a dual testing approach. J Exp Biol . 217: 2580-2589.

Popper, A.N., Hawkins, A.D., Fay, R.R., Mann, D., Bartol, S., Carlson, Th., Coombs, S.,Ellison, W.T., Gentry, R., Halvorsen, M.B., Lokkeborg, S., Rogers, P., Southall, B.L., Zeddies, D.G., Tavolga, W.N.  2014.  Sound Exposure Guidelines for Fishes and Sea Turtles: A Technical Report prepared by ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee S3/SC1 and registered with ANSI.  Springer Press, New York.

Bartol, SM.  2014.  Sea Turtle Hearing and Sensitivity to Acoustic Impacts. Appendix to Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Geological and Geophysical Activities in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

Bartol, SM.  2013.  Review of Auditory Function of Sea Turtles.  Appendix to Programmatic             Environmental Impact Statement (PEIC) for geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lavender, AL, SM Bartol, and IK Bartol. 2012.  Hearing capabilities of loggerhead sea turtles      (Caretta caretta) thoughout ontogeny.  In: A. Popper and A. Hawkins (eds) The Effects of    Noise on Aquatic Life.  Springer: New York.

Bartol, S.M. and I.K. Bartol.  2011.  Hearing capabilities of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) throughout ontogeny:  An integrative approach involving behavioral and electrophysiological techniques.  Final Report to Joint Industry Programme, Oil and Gas Producers.

Bartol, S. M. 2008.  A review of auditory function of sea turtles.  Bioacoustics.  17:  57-60.

Gordon, M. and S. M. Bartol (eds).  2004.  Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology.  University of California Press, Berkeley.

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Animal Behavior;Research in Natural Sciences;HNRS: Animal Behavior;Intrnshp in Natural Sciences


Marine Biology;Marine Biology;Research in Natural Sciences;Intrnshp in Natural Sciences;HNRS: Marine Biology