2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Mari Rice


The purpose of this research is to identify the consequences of anthropogenic noise pollution on cetaceans, specifically along shipping routes. In recent years, more studies have been conducted to identify the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine life. The conclusions of various studies have shown similar patterns of effects, thus increasing the knowledge and understanding that humans have about this topic. Noise pollution, whether in the ocean or on land, has been found to result in harmful effects on foraging, mating, and other critical life processes of animals.

In cetaceans, noise pollution has been found to result in alteration of calls, the development of avoidance behaviors, decreases in foraging behaviors, decreases in hearing capabilities due to acoustic masking, damage to hearing structures, and sometimes death. As more evidence of these negative effects have come to light, the severity and priority of this issue has begun to take hold and initiate discussion about possible solutions.



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