Welcome to the Sensory Physiology and Sensory Ecology Lab website! Our research is in the sensory biology of animals, primarily marine organisms. Specifically I am interested in how these animals detect the world around them, what they detect (i.e., what's important to the organism), and how these animals then relate to their environment (e.g., predator detection, prey localization, habitat identification, and conspecific communication). Our work in integrative in techniques and comparative in its research subjects. Our reserach involves dolphins, false killer whales, belugas, finless porpoise,risso's dolphin, squid, cuttlefish, coral reef fish, temperate fish, brown bears, polar bears, coral reef assemblages, and temparate soundscapes to name a few. Much of our work addressing bioacoustic related questions, but we certainly not limited to that modality. Some of this work stems from examining the potential influences of increasing human-produced noise in the marine environment or other stressors such as ocean acidification or fisheries bycatch. But our primary interests originate in examining the relationship of sensory physiology/sensory anatomy to animal behavior and ecological relationships. We have also addressed communication, bioacoustic tagging, and the sending-receiving of underwater acoustic signals using passive acoustic monitoring devices.
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Read about our research expeditions and travels!
News and Updates !
- Casey and Aran attended the Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators' Meeting, in Washington, DC. There they presented their past and recent projects addressing how squid appear to be impacted by ocean acidification.
- Max and Aran had a new paper come out in PLoS One on the effects of ocean acidification on squid.
- Max and Aran's recent research on coral reef soundscapes in the US Virgin Islands was recently featured as a WHOI Image of the Day.
- Last January, Julia, Max and Aran went to the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in San Francisco. Check out our presentation abstracts here:
Julia - cephalopods and sound
Max - squid OA
Aran - cetacean hearing
- Check out our new article about our research on sound in the sea and wind farm development.
- Aran was just in Alaska studying the hearing of beluga whales. See the update on our new page of our Sensory Ecology blog.
- Max Kaplan joined the lab as a WHOI-MIT Joint Program graduate student this past fall. Max, was a Summer Student Fellow in 2011 and did some fantastic work on squid and ocean acidification (his work has won several awards).
- Our work was recently featured by the BBC !
- Dr. Mooney was just featured in the Vineyard Gazette, commenting on wind farms and noise.
Check our new papers:
Kaplan, M*, Mooney, TA, McCorkle, D, Cohen, A. Adverse Effects of Ocean Acidification on Early Development of Squid (Doryteuthis pealeii). PLoS ONE 8(5): e63714. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063714
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd
Marine Reserach Facility - MS#50
Woods Hole, MA, 02543
amooney at whoi.edu
(508) 289-3714 phone
(508) 457-2089 fax
(508) 289-3260 lab
2008 - Ph.D. in Zoology (with a Marine Biology emphasis) - University of Hawaii at Manoa