TAGLESS-BRS From-the-field UPDATE

Two Harbors, Catalina Island. We wanted to provide a quick from-the-field update on our progress on the TAGLESS-BRS project ongoing off Catalina Island in southern California. We have encountered many groups of common, bottlenose, and Risso’s dolphins, with thousands of individuals seen from land, sea, and air, such as the group of common dolphins (Delphinus […]

Fall Phase of Tagless-BRS study begins off Catalina Island

The SOCAL Tagless-BRS project is back on the water! SEA is partnering with Cascadia Research, Kelp Marine Research, and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the talented crew of the M/V Magician (above) on an exciting technology integration collaboration conducting novel studies on the basic behavior and behavioral responses to noise in several dolphin species. Common, bottlenose, […]

NEW PUBLICATION – New insights into prey aggregation in ocean scattering layers

SEA’s Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall was proud to co-author a recent paper providing new insights into the aggregation of marine organisms into ocean scattering layers – a basic principle of life in the ocean. This paper was lead by our colleague Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird of MBARI and Oregon State University. The citation and abstract […]

NEW PUBLICATION – Shipping Noise and Marine Mammals

SEA’s Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall recently authored a chapter within the Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering (Wiley). This publication traces a decade-long collaboration among several governmental, non-governmental, academic, and industry partners to begin to tackle the global issue of shipping noise in the ocean and it’s potential effects on marine mammals. Beginning with simply […]

New Marine Mammal Research Project – Integrating Visual and Acoustic Sensors to Study Behavior and Behavioral Response in Small Cetaceans

SEA is proud to partner with Cascadia Research Collective, NOAA/NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Kelp Marine Research on a new marine mammal research project beginning off southern California.                                              “Integrating remote sensing methods […]

Brandon Southall Leads Ocean Acoustics Panel at Capital Hill Oceans Weeks

This week is Capital Hill Oceans Week in Washington D.C. Organized by the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, this event brings together ocean policy makers and scientists from around the U.S. to discuss cutting edge issues in marine science and conservation. (please see: https://www.marinesanctuary.org/chow/) The session is entitled “Cacophony: The decline of silent seas” and it take […]

Public Outreach on Marine Acoustics in Monterey Bay

Dr. Brandon Southall will appear with colleagues from MBARI and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary this Friday March 3rd at 5pm for a First Friday public event entitled: “Sounds in the Sanctuary: An Opportunity to Listen Beneath the Waves” Recordings of sounds from animals and people recorded on a new passive acoustics listening system in […]

Dr. Brandon Southall serves on United Nations ocean acoustics panel

An international group of ocean scientists and leaders from a range of international research and environmental organizations, government agencies, and industry partners (pictured below) participated in a special session on ship noise and ship strike issues related to marine conservation at a recent preparatory meeting for the United Nations Oceans Conference. SEA’s Brandon Southall was […]

SEA Senior Scientist co-authors IUCN Best Practices Publication on Seismic Surveys

SEA Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall and Dr. Doug Nowacek from Duke co-authored a new publication regarding responsible environmental practices for monitoring and mitigation of seismic airgun surveys. The document is entitled  “Effective planning strategies for managing environmental risk associated with geophysical and other imaging surveys.” It was launched at the World Conservation Congress last night […]

Brandon Southall to give DOSITS webinar – Wed 16 March

    Members of the international regulatory community have an expressed need for training materials on underwater acoustics as well as instructional resources that can be quickly accessed and viewed. To meet this need, the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Team is facilitating a free, five-part webinar series on topics related to underwater sound. Two webinars took place in 2015.  The […]

SOCAL-BRS

SOCAL-BRS is a study of basic behavior and responses to controlled sound exposures in a variety of marine mammal species.

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