SOCAL-BRS in the Field – Follow us!

On behalf of all the collaborators and partnering organizations that are a part of the amazing field research effort known as the Southern California Behavioral Response Study (SOCAL-BRS), I would like to make folks who follow our blog aware that we have just started another phase of field work in this continuing project. You can […]

New SOCAL-BRS publication on fin whale vocalizations

    The SOCAL-BRS team is proud to announce the publication of an important new paper on the calling behavior of endangered fin whales (like the one below, tagged with one of the sensors described in the paper – credit J. Calambokidis under NMFS permit #14534). Dr. Alison Stimpert of Moss Landing Marine Laboratory led the […]

SOCAL-15 PUBLIC SUMMARY AVAILABLE

The new SOCAL-15 page on www.socal-brs.org is now available at: <http://sea-inc.net/socal-brs/socal-15/>. On this page you will find a public summary of our research plans for 2015 <http://sea-inc.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SOCAL15-summary.pdf>. We expect to have our primary research efforts in August and October-November this year and we will provide a blog announcement of the beginning of the from-the-field blog […]

SOCAL-14 REPORT AVAILABLE

On behalf of the research team collaborating on the SOCAL-BRS project to study the behavior of marine mammals in southern California and their responses to human sounds including military sonar, I am pleased to report the completion of our 2014 annual research report. This includes some work that ran later in the season this year […]

B. Southall Delivers Visionary Research Seminar on SOCAL-BRS at ONR S&T Expo

Dr. Brandon Southall gave an invited “Visionary Research” presentation at the recent ONR Science and Technology Expo in Washington D.C. This expo highlights cutting edge research and innovative technology supported by ONR. Given their long-standing support of marine mammal research in a wide variety of areas, including sound and it’s potential effects. Dr. Southall’s lecture […]

New SOCAL-BRS publication on foraging kinematics and prey distribution of blue whales

On behalf of the SOCAL-BRS project, I am happy to announce the publication of another paper resulting from our work. Lead by Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station with a number of colleagues from the SOCAL-BRS team, this paper focuses on the fine-scale kinematics of foraging behavior in endangered blue whales and how […]

New Publication on Detection of Complex Sounds in Seals and Sea Lions

On behalf of lead author Kane Cunningham, we would like to provide some information on our recent paper on the detection of complex sounds by seals and sea lions.  The goal of this study was to test how auditory data predict detection of complex sounds in quiet and noisy conditions.  Our results indicate that pinnipeds […]

New SOCAL-BRS Publication on Baird’s Beaked Whale Behavior

  We are pleased to announce a recent publication from the SOCAL-BRS project on the basic behavior and responses to simulated military sonar in a Barid’s beaked whale. These data were particularly significant in being the first high-resolution movement and acoustic measurements for any individual of this species. The photo above (Taken under NMFS permit […]

END SOCAL-14 PHASE II

After a few rough weather days – hot and windy with high seas – we got a break on our last day for this phase of SOCAL-14. It was nice and calm as we worked back towards our end point near LA and we found a number of different animals feeding on some rich aggregations […]

Making the most of it…

As you may have heard, the (second) hurricane off the Pacific coast earlier this week hit parts of Baja pretty badly. While we aren’t getting any direct effects of that (but thanks for the few emails we have received asking), we are picking up some of the swell from it mixing in with some local swell […]

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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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