Watkins Memorial Marine Mammal Bioacoustics Symposium

Presented by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Cosponsored by the Acoustical Society of America

March 27 – 29, 2015
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Watkins Symposium Program Pamphlet (64 page pdf)

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One of the founding fathers of marine mammal bioacoustics, William Watkins, carried out pioneering work in marine mammal bioacoustics for more than four decades, laying the groundwork for the present day field. Ten years after his passing, this field has become increasingly important for both basic and applied research on marine mammals, and thus the time was right to hold a symposium with a focus on the role of marine mammal bioacoustics in various aspects of marine mammal biology and conservation.  The symposium was held at the Museum, the future home for the William A. Watkins Collection of Marine Mammal Sound Recordings and Data and the William A Watkins and William E Schevill Images and Instruments.

The symposium was divided into topical sessions, each beginning with an invited talk by an expert in the field who worked with Watkins, all of whom are testaments to his continued legacy. Planned session topics included Echolocation, Sound Production and Reception, Communication, Effects of Noise on Marine Mammals, Methods in Marine Mammal Bioacoustics Research, and Bioacoustics as a Tool for Conservation.

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Symposium Program Schedule

Friday, March 27              

8:30 – 10 a.m.     Registration/Coffee          

10 – 10:10 a.m.     Welcome  


SESSION #1 – Effects of Noise on Marine Mammals (chair, Peter Tyack)           

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.            
Invited speaker: Peter Tyack         
Controlled Exposure Experiments to Measure Acoustic Dosage Required to Elicit Behavioral Response

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.            
Invited speaker: Douglas Nowacek              
Ocean Noise: Time for coordinated management

11:10 – 11:40 a.m.            
Invited speaker: Susan Parks         
The impacts of noise on the calling behavior of right whales

11:40 – 11:55 a.m.            
Annamaria Izzi 
Understanding the effects of echosounders on detection rates of beaked whales from shipboard surveys

11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.   
Marc Lammers
Investigating the response of coastal dolphins to mine exercise (MINEX) training activities

12:10 – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch


SESSION #2 – Current Bioacoustics Research at WHOI (chair, Laela Sayigh)   

1:30 – 1:35 p.m.                 
Laela Sayigh      

1:35 – 1:55 p.m.                 
Invited speaker: Mark Baumgartner          
Real-time passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals from autonomous vehicles and moored platforms: development and applications

1:55 – 2:15 p.m.                 
Invited speaker: Arthur Newhall  
Sei whale localization and tracking using a moored horizontal and vertical line array near the continental shelf

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.
Invited speaker: Ying-Tsong Lin  
Prediction of probability of passive acoustic detection in Stellwagen Bank

2:35 – 2:55 p.m.
Invited speaker: Frants Jensen      
Quantifying movement coordination in bottlenose dolphin dyads

2:55 – 3:15 p.m.                 
Invited speaker: Aran Mooney      
Hearing in wild beluga whales: variability and trends in consistently good ears

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.     Coffee break and poster setup       

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.     Poster viewing (pdf)/reception

Saturday, March 28         

SESSION #3 – Methods in Marine Mammal Bioacoustics (chair, Kurt Fristrup)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                
Invited speaker: Kurt Fristrup      
Measuring, predicting, and interpreting noise exposures on continental scales

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                 
Matteo Bernasconi           
Advances in the use of active acoustics for detection and conservation of cetaceans

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.                 
Katherine Heise 
Acoustic data collection on the BC coast: an ocean of opportunity

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 
Bruce Martin     
Differentiating marine mammal clicks using time-series properties

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. 
Julie Oswald       
Who’s calling? Automated detection and classification of whistles produced by delphinids

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.            
Jeanne Shearer  
Echograms provide a unique window into the predator-prey interactions of most echolocating toothed whales

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.            
James Theriault
Odontocete tracking using cross-correlation of click train detections on multiple independent autonomous acoustic sensors

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Coffee break      

SESSION #4 – Marine Mammal Communication (chair, Vincent Janik)               

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.            
Invited speaker: Vincent Janik      
Form and Function in Marine Mammal Communication

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.                    
Caroline Casey  
The acoustic signature of the male northern elephant seal: evidence of social learning during male-male contests

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
Brittany Jones   
Whistle production, quality, and parameter development in infant Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch   

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.                 
Braulio Leon-Lopez         
Bottlenose dolphin signature whistles: do sex, age and size matter?

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.                 
Edda Magnúsdóttir          
Humpback whale songs during winter in subarctic waters

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.                 
Tadamichi Morisaka       
Source level variations on the whistles of free-ranging Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.                 
Christina Perazio              
Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, song during the breeding season in Tribugá’s Gulf, Colombian Pacific

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.                 
Tammy Silva     
Whistle characteristics and daytime dive behavior in Hawaiian pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata)

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                 
Claire Stuhlmann              
The M Whistle: A Stereotyped Non-Signature Whistle in Free-Ranging Bottlenose Dolphins, T. truncatus

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.                 
Coffee break      

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.                 
John Terhune     
Weddell seals do not lengthen calls in response to conspecific masking

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.                 
Christopher Tremblay    
Acoustically tracking sei whales in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Insights into new vocal behavior

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.                 
Elizabeth Zwamborn       
Vocalizations and social structure in the Cape Breton population of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.                 
Charlotte Dunn  
Double click production in three species of deep diving odontocetes

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.     Dinner on your own  


SESSION #5 – Watkins Tribute Session  

7:00 – 7:10 p.m.                 
Michael Moore and Laela Sayigh

7:10 – 7:30 p.m.                 
Karen Moore Dourdeville              

7:30 – 7:50 p.m.                 
G. Carleton Ray         

7:50 – 8:10 p.m.                 
Douglas Wartzok              

8:10 – 8:20 p.m.     Break   

8:20 – 8:40 p.m.                 
Robert Gisiner   

8:40 – 9:00 p.m.                 
Peter Tyack        

9:00 – 9:30 p.m.     Panel discussion

Sunday, March 29             

SESSION #6 – Marine Mammal Bioacoustics as a Tool for Conservation (chair, Andrew Read)          

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.                 
Invited speaker: Andrew Read      
Passive Acoustics Comes of Age in the Conservation of Marine Mammals

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.               
Juan Bacigalupi
A Failure to Communicate: How the Words we Use Impact Marine Mammal Conservation

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.            
Hilary Moors-Murphy    
Assessing year-round occurrence of baleen whales in the Gully MPA and nearby areas using autonomous acoustic recorders

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.            
Joy Stanistreet   
Passive acoustic monitoring of beaked whales off North Carolina, USA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Coffee Break      

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.            
Sofie Van Parijs
NEPAN – A US NorthEast Passive Acoustic sensing Network for monitoring and conservation of marine animals

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.            
Salvatore Cerchio             
First field observations and ecological description of Omura’s whale (Balaenoptera omurai) including song-like vocalizations

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.            
Kane Cunningham            
High-frequency hearing in seals and sea lions

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
Heather Heenehan            
Quiet time for spinner dolphins: Diel variation in the soundscape of resting bays in Hawaii

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch   

1:30 p.m.     Departure


Non-Student Registration  $320.00
Student Registration  $180.00

Single Day Rates
Friday only: $150.00
Saturday only: $150.00
Sunday only: $75.00

Banner Photograph by William Watkins

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