Marine Soundscapes

Photo 1 - Sarah Marley - Biotic sound sourcesThe ocean can be a surprisingly dark place. As a result, many marine animals rely on acoustics to communicate, find food, avoid predators, and sense their environment. This offers an excellent opportunity for scientists to study marine animals by using passive acoustic monitoring to detect their sounds and vocalisations. Soundscape ecology considers the sounds present from animals, the environment, and human activities.

I am currently involved in projects to study marine soundscapes and animal bioacoustics in the English Channel, Australia, and (hopefully) around the world.


Professor David Bacon – University of Portsmouth

Chris Burton – Western Whale Research

Professor Christine Erbe – Curtin University

Professor Alex Ford – University of Portsmouth

Dr Ivan Jordanov – University of Portsmouth

Dr Miles Parsons – Australian Institute of Marine Science

Dr Sylvia Parsons – CSIRO

Angela Recalde Salas – Curtin University

Dr Chandra Salgado Kent – Edith Cowan University

RS Aqua

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