In the Field: First hand accounts from researchers straight from the field

Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico and the Rice's Whale

Marine mammals use sound to communicate, explore their habitat and find food. Our lab uses sounds we record with our autonomous underwater microphones to identify what marine mammals are present based on the signals they produce. Once we know which species are present, we can learn about their behavior, ecology, and even estimate how many individuals are nearby our sensors.

We use our network of… Read More

Onsite Operations

We are traveling to 19 acoustic data collection sites as we circumnavigate the Gulf of Mexico and our goals at each site look a little different. We use High-Frequency Acoustic Recording Packages (HARPs) and depending on the research questions we’re asking, we might recover a HARP, deploy a new HARP, or do both! Let’s take a deeper dive into the steps required for deploying our underwater recorders. Read More

Meet the Team

The Gulf LISTEN expedition is bringing together students and professionals that are dedicating their careers to the exploration of the ocean through the use of acoustic tools. This project would not be possible with their dedication and commitment to science.

Our science crew ranges from researchers whose veins flow with tons of salty water, to new students dipping their toes in for the first time. Read More

2021 Gulf LISTEN Cruise

The Marine Bioacoustics Research Collaborative (MBARC) is coming to you live from the R/V Pelican! We just sailed from Cocodrie, Louisiana on August 19th for the Gulf LISTEN cruise and we are looking forward to sharing our research with you as we circumnavigate the Gulf of Mexico over the next few weeks. The goal of our collaborative project is to LISTEN which stands for long-term investigations into soundscapes, trends, ecosystems, and noise. Read More