Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Whale seminar

I know some of you like the whales. I thought this upcoming EEMB seminar may be of broad enough interest to post here.

Monday, January 27th at 4pm in the MSRB auditorium
Interpreting cetacean behavior around military sonar using suction cup tags

Dr. Alison Stimpert
Visiting Scholar, Vertebrate Ecology Lab, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

My primary interests lie in the intersection of bioacoustics and
conservation. To study this, I use suction-cup acoustic tags to
correlate sound production with underwater behavior of marine mammals.
Currently, I am focusing on the effects of anthropogenic sound on the
social behavior and foraging ecology of several cetacean species in
southern California as part of the Southern California Behavioral
Response Study (SOCAL BRS). I also maintain a long time research
program on humpback whale acoustic behavior, which has included work in the waters around Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Antarctica. Gaining an understanding of the behavioral context of whale sound production will aid our interpretation of how anthropogenic sound in the ocean may affect whale populations, and can also be used in conservation and management strategies for remote monitoring of whale behavior and movements.

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