Acoustics faculty member to discuss noisy ocean's impact on whales

Susan Parks, assistant professor of acoustics, will discuss "What? I Can't Hear You! Whale and Dolphin Communication in a Noisy Ocean" as part of the ongoing Research Unplugged series at noon Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center on South Allen Street, State College, Pa.

Research Unplugged's format is patterned after the Café Scientifique model to foster conversation between researchers and the community. The event is free and open to the public.

Parks' research focuses on bioacoustics and integrates biological oceanography, behavioral ecology and physiology to address questions related to acoustic communication. She has studied the use of sound for communication, the ability to hear and the impacts of noise on both sound production and reception.

Her current work centers on the use of sound by North Atlantic right whales, including the behavioral aspects of sound production, their perceptual abilities and the impact of noise on the whales' acoustic communication.

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Last Updated November 11, 2010