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Education - BioAcoustic Summer School (SeaBASS)

about the program

Each topic module will include an introductory lecture followed by group discussions or group projects to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues. Structured social activities will also allow for students and research scientists to interact informally to develop lasting sprofessional mentorships for guiding the next generation of marine bioacoustics scientists.

When / Where
June 5-10, 2016

Syracuse University
Meeting Facilities and Dormitories
Syracuse, NY

Costs
Student attendance (room and board, based on double occupancy for students) will be funded from sponsor support. There is no registration fee. Full-time
participation of all participants is required. Travel costs are the responsibility of the student, but travel assistance can be requested during the application
process.

Sponsors

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Syracuse University

Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State (ARL)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Underwater Sound
  • Sound Propagation
  • Marine Mammal Biology & Behavior
  • Fisheries Acoustics
  • Fish Behavior
  • Hearing
  • Effects of Noise
  • Echolocation
  • Hot Topic: Passive Acoustic Monitoring
  • Hot Topic: Density Estimation
Eligibility & Application Requirements:
  • GPA 3.0 or higher during previous 2 years of study
  • Currently enrolled in a Graduate program
  • Personal Statement required
  • Priority will be given to U.S. citizens




SeaBASS LogoThe goal of SeaBASS is to provide the opportunity for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in marine bioacoustics to develop a strong foundation of both marine animal biology and acoustics, foster technical communication across disciplines, and develop professional relationships within the field. SeaBASS gives students an opportunity to learn from experts who will discuss topics not often offered at universities due to the relatively small demand at any one institution. Lecturers within the field of marine animal bioacoustics will provide half day seminars that describe fundamental aspects of underwater sound and marine animal behavior, summarize the present state of the field, identify current obstacles and challenges, and discuss important “hot topics” areas. (Please also visit our Capabilities webpage).

Each seminar will include an introductory lecture followed by group discussions or group projects to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues. Structured social activities will also allow for students and research scientists to interact informally to develop lasting professional mentorships for guiding the next generation of marine bioacoustics scientists.
Class 2014
 
SeaBASS 2014 participants (students, presenters, and sponsors)
Warren Class

Dr. J. Warren teaches a portion of his active acoustics lecture outside where students learn first-hand about scattering in air.  This was then related to scattering underwater.

Group Discussion

Students engage in a group discussion about conservation and managment
Career Discussions

Presenters and sponsors share their career journeys with students during the Career Discussion
Measuring

◀ Students are measuring out distances on rope in preparation for a density estimation activity to determine the abundance of "wild haggis" on the conference grounds.

Density Estimating

Students and presenter J. Miksis-Olds participating in the Density Estimation activity to determine "wild haggis" abundance.

Bowling

 

◀ SeaBASS participants relax and unwind over a friendly game of bowling.