Coast to Coral (Brisbane) Dolphin Acoustics in Moreton Bay
Join Reef Check Australia and friends at The Bearded Lady for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments. Each month we have a new, interesting and engaging speaker.
This month, our speaker is Barry McGovern is a PhD student at the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory at the The University of Queensland - UQ. His PhD is looking at the information content in bottlenose dolphin vocalisations in Moreton Bay.
Acoustics is the primary mode of communication between bottlenose dolphins, and they have developed highly sophisticated methods of signal transfer. Barry's study aims to investigate the use of these signals in wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, determine the information encoded within the signals and the social context in which they are used.
Identifying what information is contained in the dolphins vocal signals is an initial step in identifying threats and developing proper mitigation strategies. His talk will give a background on the information he is trying to identify, the methods he employs, some preliminary results and what they mean in the wider picture of cetacean conservation.
6pm: Bar opens
6:30: Grab a seat (they go fast!)
6:45: Talk kicks-off
7:30: Pizza & good sea-minded conversation!
Entry is $3 (which gets you pizza at the end).
As the venue is a bar, Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. A 5 year gap is necessary, ie. 17-yr-old can not be accompanied by a 18-yr-old.
This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grants,and Layne Beachley Foundation, with amazing in-kind support from The Bearded Lady.