Presentation Title

Temporal changes in the soundscape of a tropical marine community

Abstract

Sound can be a powerful tool in studying marine communities. New passive acoustic monitoring technology allows scientists to record marine life. Many aquatic species emit sounds that are unique to them, thus providing an opportunity to measure biodiversity. Here we present our preliminary results studying the marine community at Tierra Oscura, in the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama. By using data from autonomous underwater recorders we are studying temporal changes in this community and the impact of noise from boat traffic. This study will provide key information on long term changes in marine communities and the impact of noise from boat traffic in marine life.

Keywords: Soundscapes, temporal changes, auditory species, boating activity

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Laura May-Collado

Secondary Mentor NetID

bballif@uvm.edu

Secondary Mentor Name

Bryan Ballif

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Biological Science

Primary Research Category

Biological Sciences

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Temporal changes in the soundscape of a tropical marine community

Sound can be a powerful tool in studying marine communities. New passive acoustic monitoring technology allows scientists to record marine life. Many aquatic species emit sounds that are unique to them, thus providing an opportunity to measure biodiversity. Here we present our preliminary results studying the marine community at Tierra Oscura, in the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama. By using data from autonomous underwater recorders we are studying temporal changes in this community and the impact of noise from boat traffic. This study will provide key information on long term changes in marine communities and the impact of noise from boat traffic in marine life.

Keywords: Soundscapes, temporal changes, auditory species, boating activity