Dr. Alison Stimpert & almuna Brijonnay Madrigal Publish New Bioacoustics Study on Rockfish

Dr. Alison Stimpert and recent alumna, Brijonnay Madrigal, M.Sc. of our Vertebrate Ecology lab, take their bioacoustics research from marine mammals to rockfish with a recent publication in the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. They examined the noise produced by scientific equipment during fisheries surveys, which is largely unstudied yet could affect the habitat of the target species. Dr Stimipert and Madrigal's work showed increases in noise over ambient levels were high, but the majority of sound energy was out of the expected sensitivity range for fish hearing.