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Kenneth W. Able


Rutgers Univ. Marine Field,

800 c/o 132 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton NJ USA 08087-2004

(609) 296-5260 x230

(609) 296-1024

Donald M. Baltz


Coastal Fisheries Institute and Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803



Dr. Baltz and his students would be interested in collaborating on studies using hydrophones in the northern Gulf of Mexico (and elsewhere) to identify, track, and examine the ecological requirements of noisy marine vertebrates like red drum and bottlenose dolphin. Previous work of a similar nature includes studies on sciaenid fishes in coastal Louisiana, South Carolina, and Costa Rica.

Nelio B. Barros

Senior Research Biologist

Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute

6295 Sea Harbor Drive

Orlando, FL 32821-8043 USA



My interests are marine mammal feeding ecology, foraging behavior, predator-prey dynamics, distribution, strandings, bioacoustics, and fishery interactions, to name a few.

Andrew H. Bass


Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Cornell University

Mudd Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853



Research in our laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying the production and encoding of the acoustic communication signals generated by teleost fishes. These projects revolve around studies of alternative mating tactics in species with two male morphs that differ in a large suite of behavioral, neurobiological and neuroendocrine characters including divergent acoustic courtship behaviors.

Robert Benson

Graduate Student

Center for Bioacoustics

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi, Texas 78412

(361) 994-5888

(361) 994-5704

Most of my present work is with birds.

Dr. Jack W. Bradbury

Robert G. Engel Professor of Ornithology

& Director, Library of Natural Sounds

Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Ithaca NY 14850-1999

607-254-2493, 607-254-4364


I am the new Director of the Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As you may know, we are currently the largest archive of animal sounds in the world. Although the collection originally focused on birds, both the Library and the associated Bioacoustics research unit at the Lab are very broadly focused and a top priority is the filling out of our collection across all sound-communicating taxa. Chris Clark, Kurt Fristrup, Adam Frankel, and others in the Bioacoustics unit are well known for their recent work on cetacean sounds and we are currently negotiating the archiving of a large number of the marine sound collections in the country here at the Library. Given the broad common principles that seem to be emerging from studies of animal communication, it makes little sense to focus on only one taxon of animals (e.g. birds or whales) in any given sound library. Instead, we are trying to bring sounds of as many taxa as possible into one place so that anyone can undertake a comparative study either across or within taxa based on recordings stored in a single location. To make all this possible, we sought and received a large MRI grant from NSF this summer to convert the entire collection to digital storage. The archive will be stored on DVD discs in a giant computer controlled jukebox and we shall make the entire collection and its associated database available for minimal recharge to any researcher anywhere. We already have a standardized database template that we ask all contributors to the library to follow (Anim. Behav. 57:1343-1344), so would prefer that cetacean contributors follow the same protocol. In addition to the archived sounds, we will also provide web access to a number of ancillary services such as the GIS databases the Lab recently acquired, and a variety of new sound analysis tools that Bioacoustics and we in the Library have been developing to characterize, compare, and classify variable animal sounds. As you know, our Bioacoustics staff have been major developers of the passive array systems currently in vogue for marine studies, and colleagues in my lab have adapted array technology to map the shape of sound fields around calling terrestrial vertebrates. We hope to make the Library web pages a major clearing house for these and other new sound analysis methods and an easy portal to any kind of comparative study on sounds that one could imagine. The Lab is also working now on funding to sponsor annual workshops on new sound analysis methods and to host annual visiting scientists, so some of the meetings you were suggesting could be held as part of that program. We have one meeting tentatively planned for next spring on the classification of continuously variable sounds.

CDR Russell E. Brainard

Scientific Research Program Coordinator/Oceanographer

NOAA Fisheries - Honolulu Laboratory

2570 Dole Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96822



My research interests focus on observing relationships between oceanographic conditions and the biological response of various tropical and subtropical ecosystems. Recent activities have focused on the coral reef ecosystem of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (corals, reef fishes, monk seals, turtles) and the pelagic waters of the central North Pacific (bigeye tunas). Passive acoustics represent a promising technology for remotely monitoring coral reef ecosystem health

Greg Budney


Library of Natural Sounds

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Ithaca, New York 14850



The Mission of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: "To interpret and conserve the Earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds."

Martin Connaughton

Assistant Professor of Biology

Washginton College

300 Washington Ave.

Chestertown, MD 21620



My research interests center on teleostean sonic muscles and include the mechanism of sound production by these muscles, responsiveness of the muscles and sound characteristics to sex steroids, and the role of acoustic behaviors in spawning.

William E. Evans

My address May-January

57890 Spring Meadow Farm Drive

Middlebury IN 46540

May address January-May

Texas A&M University Galveston

5001 Avenue U, Rm 166

Galveston TX 77551-1675





The first paper I wrote about the use of passive sonar to evaluate living marine resources (fisheries) was 1982. Current projects are Weddell seals in Antarctic, Sperm whale in Gulf of Mexico and scaenid fishes on Texas LA coast.

Richard R. Fay

Professor of Psychology

Parmly Hearing Institute

Loyola University Chicago

6525 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60626

(773) 508-2714

(773) 508-2719

I am primarily interested in the sense of hearing in fishes studied using psychophysical behavior, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy, in the periphery and in the CNS. The goals are to better understand the evolution of vertebrate hearing, and in general to investigate the neural mechanisms of perception. Academic season research in Chicago primarily includes psychophysical and neurophysiological work on the sense of hearing in goldfish, with an emphasis on complex sound perception and its neural representations. Summer season research at The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, is on the behavior, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of hearing in toadfish (Opsanus tau), with an emphasis on directional hearing. I work with Peggy Edds-Walton (Riverside, CA) on this project. She should be contacted at She is an expert in marine mammal sound recording, and we are interested in recording fish sounds in the Woods Hole area using Peggy's equipment (calibrated hydrophone and Nagra recorder. We have some preliminary recordings at Green Pond, East Falmouth, MA. Many individuals are recorded, including toadfish, but as yet we have not identified species and individuals (blind recordings). We are very interested in the idea of a fish sound archive and would support it in any way possible for us.

Michael L. Fine

Department of Biology

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA 23284-2012



I have a broad interest in acoustic communication in fishes. Most of my Work has been on anatomical, physiological and endocrine aspects of sound production in the oyster toadfish although I have done some work on audition and sound variation (species, age, temperature, seasonal variation, etc.).

R. Grant Gilmore, Jr.

Senior Aquatic Scientist

Dynamac Corporation

Mail Code: DYN-2

Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899




Scott A Holt

Research Associate

University of Texas at Austin

Marine Science Institute

Port Aransas, Texas 78373



My interest in sound production in marine fishes centers around two closely related topics. First is using sound production, primarily in sciaenids, to locate spawning sites. Within this topic are questions related to defining spawning season using sound production and determining season use of specific sites. The second topic is spawning behavior. Can we use sound production as an aid in determining the distribution of individual males and their reproductive styles (i.e. lekking, territorial defense, harem formation, etc.)? This would be particularly useful with sciaenids that typically spawn in relatively turbid waters and in the dark and thus do not lend themselves to direct observation outside of captivity.

Phillip S. Lobel

Associate Professor of Biology (Ichthyology)

Boston University Marine Program, Marine Biological Laboratory,

7 Water St., Loeb Bld 107,

Woods Hole, MA 02543

508 289 7675

508 540 3908

Joseph J. Luczkovich

Associate Scientist and Associate Professor

Institute for Coastal and Marine Resources and Department of Biology

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858

252-328-1759 (ICMR)

252-328-1847 (Biology)



I am interested in the sound production by fishes as a way to study behavior and ecology of marine fishes and invertebrates and to assist in fishery management efforts. I have used mostly passive acoustics (detection of the presence of a fish species) to study fish, but active acoustics (echosounder detection of fish aggregation) is also of interest to me. Species of current interest include weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, and silver perch, Bairdiella chrysoura. The acoustically mediated behavior of soniferous fishes and their predators, especially bottlenose dolphin, is also a current area of interest.

David Mann

Tucker-Davis Technologies

4637 NW 6th Street

Gainesville, FL 32653



Jose J. Pereira


Milford Laboratory

212 Rogers Ave.

Milford, CT 06460


My current area of research is of habitat use by juvenile fishes in particular tautog and black sea bass. Although we are currently focusing on YOY and juveniles, we want ultimately to link these habitats to spawning habitat used by adults and are interested in any "tools" that would help us identify such areas. Since we do not have any appropriate acoustic listening gear ourselves (we have a hydrophone for tracking acoustic tags), it is my hope that being listed in your directory could lead to fruitful cooperative projects with those who do. For our part we can offer platforms off which to conduct the work (the 50 ft. Shang Wheeler, or smaller 22 and 17 ft Whalers).

Arthur N. Popper

Director, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program

Department of Biology

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742



Jay Rooker

Assistant Professor

Department of Marine Biology

Texas A&M University @ Galveston

P.O. Box 1675

Galveston, Texas 77553



We are in the process of using passive towed arrays to study of soniferous behavior of fishes, particularly red drum. We intend to use sciaenid vocalization to identify essential spawning habitat of target species. I am working with Scott & Joan Holt (UT), and we recently completed a cursory survey of tidal passes in Port Aransas and Galveston, TX

Rodney A. Rountree

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resources Conservation


48 Oregon Rd.

Mashpee, MA 02649


Research interest: Reproductive behavior of cusk-eels, monitoring of fish/invertebrate calling activity as a tool for the study of temporal and spatial habitat use patterns. Potential of passive acoustic fish monitoring techniques for the study of inter- and intra-specific behavioral interactions among marine fishes and invertebrates. Interested in facilitating collaborations to rescue and archive, for wide distribution, historical sound recordings of marine fishes and invertebrates. I'm also excited about the potential for collaborations to develop regional inshore and offshore fish "Listening Posts" which can be accessed via the internet by scientists and the general public.

Peter M. Scheifele

Director of Bioacoustic Research

National Undersea Research Center

North Atlantic & Great Lakes

University of Connecticut

1084 Shennecossett Road

Groton, CT 06340

860-405-9121 / 9103


My interests are primarily in marine mammal audiology and sound production. I am also affiliated with the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island with James H. Miller.

Mark Sprague

Department of Physics

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858



Research Interests: The production, propagation and signal processing of sounds produced by marine animals. My recent work has been on fishes in the Family Sciaenidae.

William N. Tavolga

Senior Scientist

Mote Marine Laboratory

Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34236

941-388-4441, ext. 215

Jacqueline F. Webb

Department of Biology

Villanova University

Villanova, PA 19085



I am interested in being a part of the discussion group although I work on the lateral line system and not sound production. I am presently working on a sensory specialization in chaetodontids that probably involves sound reception (no info on sound production).


























































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