The Sensory Physiology and Sensory Ecology (SPASE) Lab
Aran Mooney (PI)
Aran is interested in how animals detect the world around them. How they find food, communicate, navigate and avoid predators. And how humans are impact an animal's sensory biology. Our lab generally takes a bioacoutics approach to investigating these ideas but we are open to all sorts of integrative and comparative methods to get at cool research questions. We examined sensory biology in a range of taxa, from bears to fish, but we tend to focus on odontocetes and cephalopods.
Julia Samson (Guest Investigator and Masters Student) Julia is working on the cuttlefish and squid behavior. She measured Sepia officinalis behavioral responses to sound. Julia recently gained her M.S. from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Max Kaplan (WHOI-MIT PhD student and former lab Summer Student Fellow)
As a SSF, Max studied the impacts of high CO2 levels and ocean acidification conditions on paralarval squid. He measured impacts on development, morphology and behavior. He's just formulating his dissertation ideas. Max received his Bachelors Degree from the University of St. Andrews.
Jordan Carduner (Duke MEM student)
Jordan is a guest student from Duke, part of the Duke-WHOI Fellowship program. He's working on a review and guidelines paper on windfarm passive acoustic monitoring in the U.S.
Margot is a guest student from Connecticut College. She was assiting with the project on behavioral reposnes of sound in squid, as well as the windfarm acoustics project.
Aliza Millette (Affilated MS and PhD student from the University of Hawaii) Aliza is working on the bioacoustics of false killer whales, analyzing the characteristics of their clickcs and whistles.
Chloe Chloe is the official lab dog and the unofficial mascott of our building and WHOI. Chloe specializes in sleeping and chasing tennis balls (she's WHOI Champion of tennis ball retrieving). When not found at either of these activities, she's probably snuck off down the hall to beg for treats.
Past Lab Members
Alex Sharr (Guest Investigator and former undergraduate research assistant) Alex's interests broadly lie in neurobiology. In our lab she has investigated squid statocyst hair cell anatomy and antibiotic induced hair cell death. Alex recieved her Bachelors degree from Pomona College in CA.
Sarah Strobel (Summer undergraduate research fellow) Studied the hearing of sand lance (Ammodytes americanus). Tested the frequency range and sensitivity to various tones, as well as measured responses to humpback whale "megapclicks." Her work conducted in our lab was published in the J. of Fish Biology.
Amy Streets (Summer undergraduate research assistant) Helped us to initiate the work on squid behvaioral responses to sound.
Lab photo, 2012
Lab Photo, Summer 2011
Amy Streets, Max Kaplan, Alex Scharr and Aran Mooney (Summer 2011)