The Voices of Marine Mammals
William E. Schevill and William A. Watkins: Pioneers in Bioacoustics
Publication Date: December 16, 2019
The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s publication Voices of Marine Mammals: William E. Schevill and William A. Watkins: Pioneers in Bioacoustics honors the groundbreaking work of Schevill and Watkins, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in the field of marine bioacoustics. The book consists of twelve chapters by different authors, who worked with or whose work was influenced by Watkins and Schevill. The Whaling Museum recently received a donation from WHOI of Watkins’s and Schevill’s instruments and research. The publication speaks to the themes of the scientific trajectory of bioacoustics. Topics include recording and tagging instruments; institutional histories; the contributions and legacy of the two men; and their current roles as resources for conservation and research.
The book is 125 pages long, with color and black and white photographs. It measures 9″ x 11″ x 1.5″. Voices of Marine Mammals includes a flexi-disc insert with audio recordings of Watkins, Schevill, and marine mammal sounds, as a nod to the bioacoustic recordings of the 1950s and 60s.
Caption: William E. Schevill (left)
and William A. Watkins (right)