John Ryan received the B.S. degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. He worked in ocean science and terrestrial wildlife biology before pursuing graduate studies. John received the Ph.D. degree in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. His graduate research focused on phytoplankton ecology in the northwestern Atlantic and was supported by fellowships from the Office of Naval Research and NASA. John began a postdoctoral fellowship at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in fall 1998, working across biological and chemical oceanography research labs. He was awarded a NASA New Investigator grant during his postdoctoral research. Appreciating the science / engineering collaborations at MBARI, John has since remained there and is now Senior Research Specialist. His research focus is on relationships between ecosystem processes and marine life forms — from plankton to whales.
Sound in the ocean carries a wealth of information about marine life, human activities, and geophysical processes. MBARI’s Ocean Soundscape project taps into this vast information flow through a cabled observatory in the center of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This seminar will explore why and how we study sound, and what we are learning from research and education efforts. Dimensions of our local ocean soundscape will be heard and seen, and some will be felt strongly through a capable sound system.