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Studies on Soniferous Fishes

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Do fish make sounds? What do they sound like? Why do they make sounds? The answer to the first question is YES! In fact, over 150 species on the East Coast of the U.S. can vocalize. And that's likely to be an underestimate, because few scientists have attempted to study fish sounds in our temperate coastal waters. Worldwide we don't really know how many species vocalize. In a recent paper I found that only 87 species of freshwater fishes in North America and Europe have even been examined for sound production (about 5% of known species). The answer to the second question can be found throughout my web page where your can download and listen to a number of fish sounds, both from known and unknown sources. The study of soniferous fish behavior (soniferous just means sound producing) and the applications of passive acoustics technology to fisheries and to the exploration of the sea is one of my major new research interests. Passive Acoustics is the science of simply listing to underwater sounds and used non-invasive technologies such as a simple hydrophone (or underwater microphone), as opposed to "Active Acoustics" that uses sound signals generated by machines to obtain biological/environmental information.
On this web page you can find brief summaries of some of my current passive acoustics research projects. Those interested in more detailed information can download published papers and reports from my CV page. You can also find a lot of my publications and information on some research projects through my Researchgate page. My research has frequently been reported in the public news media, including hundreds of blogs, Discover Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific America Podcast, Science News for Kids, etc. Go to my CV page for a partial list of media reports.

Watch a short video introduction to the science of passive acoustic monitoring of fishes

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