Sound travels well in water and, as a result, the underwater world can be a bustling place full of amazing sounds, like dolphin whistles, fish grunts and boat engine roars. The Swan River is no exception. Aquatic animals often use sound as their primary sensory system and predominant form of communication, while humans use sound to explore the underwater environment and also often produce noise as a by-product of our other activities. The Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University has been working in underwater acoustics for over 30 years with multiple studies in the Swan River, both to investigate components of the ecosystem and to develop techniques for use in more complex environments.
If you would like to know what a dolphin hears when it’s being overtaken by a hasty vessel, or listen to a group of mulloway play a game of ‘who can shout the loudest?’, please come along to the Pan Pacific Hotel on the 20th November to play ‘What’s that sound?’ with the rest of us.
Dr. Miles Parsons is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology focussed on the use of acoustic techniques to study fish aggregations and the impacts of sound on marine species.
Dr. Iain Parnum is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology focussed on acoustic remote sensing of the underwater environment.
Dr. Sarah Marley is the latest doctoral graduate from the CMST group. Winner of the inaugural Asia-Pacific Three-minute thesis competition, Sarah has communicated her work on dolphin communication in the Swan River and Roebuck Bay to the public all around the world.
Monday. 20 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AWST
Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000