Blue Dot: The Sound of Science—Acoustic Research at MBARI (1/4/2020)

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Photo by Kim Fulton Bennett of Dave Schlom in the control room of the MBARI Research Vessel Rachel Carson

Host Dave Schlom traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute’s scientific programs. In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study how animals find food sources in the vast oceanic environment. John Ryan uses hydrophones to makes fascinating recordings of ocean sounds from earthquakes and massive container ships to the vocalizations of whales and dolphins.

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