Sound travels really well in the ocean and is an important means for communication, navigation and foraging for marine marine species. Changes in ambient sound, therefore, have the potential to greatly impact marine animals. We develop and use new, non-lethal acoustic methods and technologies to promote a better understanding of highly exploited and endangered marine species, such as whales and fishes. We are also interested in noise and the effects anthropogenic noise has on marine organisms. We use acoustic tools to answer population-level questions relevant to the management of animal resources.
We are currently focused on four major research directions:
- baleen whale and fish acoustics
- cetacean ecology
- ocean noise
- anthropogenic noise and its impacts on marine life
We collaborate with government scientists, as well as researchers from different universities and private organizations to conduct our work. If you are interested in these research topics and would like to join the lab as a student, feel free to contact Dr. Širović with your CV and a statement of research interests for potential opportunities in the lab.