Category: Research

International Women’s Day

I always find it a little ironic when by decree we ask ourselves to pay just a little more attention and honor some fundamental aspect of our species on just one day of the year. National Bioacoustician’ s Day makes…

Dolphin Speak

A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society on dolphin communication got some public attention in Science last week because the studies inferred that dolphins could learn names of individuals in their social group and use these…

The Saga of the Coughing Scallop

We can always count on something interesting from ocean hero Richard Charter – as Co-chair of the National Outer Continental Shelf coalition he keeps his “toe in the flow” of ocean news. So when something ‘acoustic’ bubbles up he tosses…

Report from Kansas Acoustics Society meeting

I’ve just returned from a semi-annual Acoustics Society meeting in Kansas City. These events bring together many scientists, researchers, engineers, and academics who are plying the broad arena of acoustics.. The field of acoustics is a potpourri of disciplines that…

Ongoing Whale Behavioral Response Study

With as much effort that has gone into understanding how noise impacts marine mammals − and all of the contention that orbits around setting appropriate exposure mitigation levels, we still know very little about which noises (and how much) have…

Singing fish lead to conservation programs

OCR associate and marine biologist Mario Rivera has received coverage in Costa Rica’s “El Financiero” for his work with singing fish. He is using sound-pattern recognition software to identify breeding aggregations of fish – in this case “weakfish” (Cynoscion squamipinnis) to determine…

Shipping noise correlated to stress in whales

A recent paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society correlates shipping noise with stress levels in baleen whales. Heretofore this has been a difficult assumption to prove because we do not have any baseline of whale stress levels prior…

A little deeper into the International Quiet Ocean Experiment.

  The 2011 Internat ional Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE) brought together leading scientists and researchers [download] to dig deeper into the issue of human generated noise pollution with the objective of determining what we know, what needs to be known,…