Blue Dot 158: The Sound Of Science In The Sea - The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Sep 13, 2019

Dave Schlom in the control room of the MBARI Research Vessel Rachel Carson .
Credit Kim Fulton Bennett

Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs.


In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study how animals find food sources in the vast oceanic environment. 

John Ryan uses hydrophones to makes fascinating recordings of ocean sounds from earthquakes and massive container ships to the vocalizations of whales and dolphins.