Morgan Martin | Whale and Dolphin Behavior, Communication and Echolocation
Feb 11, 2021 11:00 - Feb 10, 2021 11:45
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time
Event URL: https://www.exploringbytheseat.com/lesson/morgan-martin-whale-dolphin-behavior-communication-echolocation/
Hosted by: Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Morgan is a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Victoria in Canada. Currently, she's working with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada on a bowhead whale conservation project. Morgan focuses on underwater acoustics of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises). She specializes in using underwater acoustics to estimate cetacean abundance (population sizes) and to study animal behavior. She studies how sound travels underwater - especially sounds that cetaceans make. The majority of cetaceans can echolocate, which means that they produce a form of biological sonar to navigate underwater. They also use their sonar to hunt fish and other prey underwater. Cetaceans are often highly social species and because of that, they communicate a lot underwater.