Potential Effects of Sound on Marine Fishes - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:00pm ET
Dr. Arthur Popper, University of Maryland
Dr. Anthony Hawkins, Environmental Research Institute
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Arthur N. Popper is professor emeritus and research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Popper’s research has focused on hearing, with a particular interest in the structure and function of the auditory capabilities and mechanisms of fishes. His lab has focused on a comparative approach and contributed to understanding of how the auditory system of fishes vary across species. More recently, Popper’s work has focused on the effects of human-generated sounds on aquatic organisms, and particularly fishes. Dr. Popper has served as consultant to private industry and government agencies on effects of sound on fish including the U.S. Navy, the California Department of Transportation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, New York State Department of Transportation, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Dr. Popper is also editor of Acoustics Today, a publication of the Acoustical Society of America and founding editor of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research
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As a student, Tony Hawkins listened to the sounds produced by fishes, operating from a small boat off the south coast of Ireland. He then studied the hearing abilities of fishes as part of a team at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen Scotland looking into the role of fish behaviour in fish capture by trawls. Later, Tony was appointed Director of Fisheries Research for Scotland and Coordinator of Fisheries Research for the UK. He has since continued to work on fisheries management problems in both European and tropical waters. He is currently working with fishermen and other stakeholders to provide advice on the management of fisheries in the North Sea – one of the most heavily fished areas in the World. He is also a scientific adviser to the Sound and Marine Life program of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Every three years, with others, he organises an international conference on the effects of noise on aquatic life bringing together scientists, engineers, regulators, and industry. Tony continues to carry out research into marine soundscapes, fish communication, and the responses of fish to man-made sounds.