August 16, 2011

Fish Sounds: MIT Sea Grant PI, Rodney Rountree, featured on Cape and Islands NPR station

On August 15, MIT Sea Grant principal investigator, Rodney Rountree, was featured on The Point with Mindy Todd on the Cape and Islands NPR affiliate, WCAI (a service of WGBH). The feature, entitled, Fish Sounds, was described as heading underwater with Rodney Rountree to discuss his research into fish vocalization and other underwater sounds. MIT Sea Grant is mentioned as a funder of Rountree’s research.

About Rodney Rountree
Dr. Rodney Rountree is a marine biologist and Adjunct Professor at UMASS Amherst. His interests include a wide range of marine ecology topics including identification of essential fish habitat, mediation of behavior by environmental/habitat forces, predator-prey interactions, and fish sound production.

In recent years he has become active in the developing field of passive acoustic applications to fisheries and marine biology and is considered an international leader in this area. Technogenesis has become one of his most recent interests, specifically for passive acoustics technologies, but more broadly with other technologies related to fisheries and marine ecology. Roungree is also known for his work in public outreach to educate children and adults on marine ecology issues, and particularly on new technologies related to marine ecology.

Rountree has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on three MIT Sea Grant funded research projects. They include the current project, DeepFSL - a low cost bimodal observation system for deep sea ecosystem research (2010); Use of Passive Acoustics to Determine Spawning in Time and Fecundity of Haddock (2005); and The Mt. Hope Bay Symposium scientists, managers and regulators concerned with this ecosystem and its commercial fisheries (2003).

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Dr. Rodney Rountree listening to fish.

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