Sensory ecology and bioacoustics of marine animals

In the marine bioacoustics lab we study the sensory physiology and behavioral ecology of marine animals with special focus on how they use and produce sound to navigate, find food, avoid predators and communicate. Primary areas of investigation include biosonar and sound production in toothed whales, hearing and ultrasound detection in fish and cephalopods, kinematics of feeding and locomotion in baleen whales, and underwater communication and sound propagation in cetaceans with implications for effects of man-made noise and passive acoustic monitoring. We do most of our research at sea where we deploy large hydrophone arrays and onboard multisensor tags. Increasingly, we also perform laboratory experiments where the sensory organs of animals can be studies under controlled conditions using for example evoked potential techniques. We pursue an integrative biology approach to experiments at an organismal level with emphasis on how animals work in an evolutionary context.

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