- We just published the first study to document that pre-settlement stage reef fish (grey snapper) can produce sounds! Check out the article here, and some news stories here and here.
- First measurements for my reef soundscape propagation study are underway!
- The study that has been the crux of my PhD has finally been accepted for publication in Marine Ecology Progress Series. The paper is a 14-month time series of two reef soundscapes. I am very proud of this piece of work and will share the pdf soon!
- Along with my lab-mates, I co-authored a study on the In Situ orientation behavior of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, which has been published in MEPS.
- I had an epic adventure to Africa, filled with desert walks, white shark diving, and animal observations. It was fantastic!
- Beneath the Waves has been busy – we hosted festivals in Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Rhode Island, and Florida. To find out how to become a festival host, please visit our website.
- The Beneath the Waves team just published its first paper about the growing utility of film festivals at scientific meetings.
- Beneath the Waves has begun its 5th year! We’ve selected the films for the 2014 cycle, which debuted at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Jacksonville, FL. We also hosted a public event in Jacksonville, with a great panel discussion.
- I was honored to participate in TEDxCoconutGrove on February 7th. My talk was about research from a few years ago on mantis shrimp rumbles and ocean noise. The video is now online!
- I attended a writing workshop at RSMAS, led by Dallas Murphy. It was fantastic! We learned about writing techniques and styles from a true expert.
- I’m preparing for an upcoming talk at TEDxCoconutGrove on February 7th.
- The Acoustical Society of America meeting in San Francisco was a great success. I attended a whole day of sessions on Soundscape Ecology, and met some of the leaders in the field.
- I also met with Bernie Krause of Wild Sanctuary and chatted about the future of soundscape ecology in a world of omnipresent noise. I’m feeling inspired!
- I’m continuing work with my time-series analysis, and getting closer to a full manuscript with each day.
- I decided to attend the Acoustical Society of America conference in December!
- I attended the Science Online Oceans conference, where I learned many new techniques and tools for science communication, and where we hosted a discussion about the use of film as a science communication tool.
- Two great Beneath the Waves screenings at Florida Institute of Technology, including the launch of our Youth Making Ripples branch, which aims to get schoolkids out making films about their local ocean issues
- Two Beneath the Waves events this month! One in Honolulu, HI with PangeaSeed, and the other at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina!
- After a brief trip home to Cape Cod to visit family, I’m deep into the analysis of PhD data on soundscapes of coral reefs in Florida
- We launched our partnership with Nectar Sunglasses – if you buy the “abyss” pair, 10% of the proceeds go towards Beneath the Waves~
- Our paper in Coral Reefs came out in print this month
- I attended the Larval Fish Conference in Miami, FL and presented work on Cuban snapper spawning aggregations
- For World Ocean’s Day, we hosted several Beneath the Waves screenings – in Santa Cruz, CA, and Lima, Peru!
- And on June 18 we had another event in Nahant, MA
- … and on June 26 another great success with Support Our Sharks in Perth, Australia!
- I attended the Popper Party/Fay Fest conference in Sarasota FL and got to meet many inspiring figures in the field of marine bioacoustics.
- We hosted a Beneath the Waves event in Hamburg, Germany for almost 200 people! Everybody loved it!
- Along with my advisor and several collaborators, we headed to Long Island, Bahamas to conduct field work at Dean’s Blue Hole. The trip was a great success! We collected many species of larval fish and were able to conduct behavioral experiments using the Drifting In Situ Chamber.
- I made a trip to Catalina Island with the Patek Lab to follow-up on a study we began several years ago on sound production in mantis shrimp. Although we had some technical difficulties, it was great to see the animals again!
- The 4th Beneath the Waves Film Festival took place in Savannah, GA and was a great hit! Thanks to our hosts at Georgia Southern University!
- Back in Miami and preparing for the 4th annual Beneath the Waves Film Festival!
- A study comparing soundscapes in two different oceans has been published online in the journal Coral Reefs. Print copy coming soon.
- I am currently in Villefranche-sur-mer, France, at the Observatorie Oceanologique of Universite Pierre et Marie Curie taking a course in multivariate statistics.
- I won third place for the National Science Foundation’s “creating the future” video contest. The video, called “Sonic Reef,” is a brief description of my PhD research. The NSF invited prizewinners to attend their 60th anniversary celebration at the NSF headquarters in Washington DC! Read the article about the NSF prize ceremony here.
- I passed my qualifying exams!
- The Beneath the Waves Film Festival hosted a mini-festival in Miami in conjunction with COSEE-FL and the Miami Science Museum’s Underwater Festival. Over 200 people attended, and after the films local scientists and members of the audience engaged in a stimulating discussion.
- Beneath the Waves also hosted a festival in Chapel Hill, NC.
- Beneath the Waves hosted a mini-festival in Reykjavik, Iceland for over 75 people.
- My video for the National Science Foundation’s “creating the future” contest has made it to the final round!
- Beneath the Waves hosted a mini-festival in Humboldt county, California in conjunction with Humboldt Baykeeper.
- Beneath the Waves partnered with PangeaSeed, a non-profit shark advocacy group, for the Great West Coast Migration, a series of art shows and Beneath the Waves films.
- I was featured as “Explorer of the Month” for MarineXplore. Read the article here.
- I attended the 36th annual Larval Fish Conference in Bergen, Norway, and received honorable mention for the Sally Richardson award for the best student talk!
- We tested some new instruments to be used to study navigational cues of larval fish.
- The Miami lighthouse school for the blind visited RSMAS and I gave a talk about acoustic communication in marine animals.
- I interviewed two Japanese scientists about marine life in post-tsunami Japan.
- Field research in the Florida Keys is ongoing!
- Oscar Schofield spoke with me about how he handles oceanographic data. Read the interview for MarineXplore here.
- Beneath the Waves hosted a mini-festival in Saipan, Micronesia.
- I interviewed Christopher W. Clark to learn about his best discoveries in the world of marine acoustics.
- Our modeling study on orientation behavior in fish larvae was published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Read the article here, and read the press story here.
- Beneath the Waves hosted mini-festivals in Norfolk, VA
- Beneath the Waves Film Festival hosted its 3rd annual event in Norfolk, VA. The event was a smashing success, hosted in an IMAX theater and attended by nearly 600 people! Beneath the Waves is now going on the road, with mini-festivals planned for various regions around the world throughout the rest of 2012.
- Read the RSMAS blog post about my PhD research!
- Aquatic Biology has published our article on the acoustic behavior of the California mantis shrimp as their featured article!
- A number of news sites and blogs picked up the story, since acoustic communication in benthic organisms is so understudied
- I also presented the California mantis shrimp work at the Acoustic Communication in Animals Conference in Ithaca, NY
- I traveled to Seattle, WA with other members of the Paris Lab for the American Fisheries Society Meeting to present research on reef soundscapes and larval fish orientation
- The second annual Beneath the Waves Film Festival took place in Mobile, AL.
- I produced a short film about the mini-lobster season in Florida. View the film here.
- The PhD begins! Moved to Miami and started a PhD at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in the laboratory of Dr. Claire Paris.
- The National Science Foundation has granted me the Graduate Research Fellowship
- I attended a conference in Cork, Ireland on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. The conference proceeding from my presentation can be read here.
- Beneath the Waves Film Festival had its inaugural year at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, in conjunction with the Benthic Ecology Meeting. We brought together scientists for a night of science communication in the form of short films.
- Featured interview on Discovery Channel Canada
- Interviewed for a short story about research in the Patek Lab
- My first first-authored paper on the acoustic anti-predator behavior of the California spiny lobster was published in Behaviour
- A co-authored paper with other members of the Patek Lab, on the acoustic behavior of the California spiny lobster, was published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- I made a film, called “Stomatopoda,” which tells the story of stomatopod researchers in the Patek Lab
- I delivered my first scientific talk, on spiny lobster acoustics, at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting
- I served as a team diver and scientific consultant for a National Geographic Film production in Mexico. The production was called “Collapse” and can be viewed here.
- Cornell University’s Bioacoustics Research Program offered a special workshop on Sound Analysis which I attended.