About the Lab - Text written by Michelle Fournet
Thank you for taking an interest in our work and our lab. I head the Marine Bioacoustics and Behavior Lab (“Sea BABEL”) at the University of New Hampshire where I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in Acoustic Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences. I also serve as the Associate Director for Education for the UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education (CARE) and as the director of the Sound Science Research Collective (Sound Science), a conservation non-profit based on bioacoustics research.
As a marine acoustic ecologist, I use sound to investigate questions of ecological importance in the aquatic environment. This includes investigating how marine organisms use sound to facilitate vital life functions (animal communication), as well as investigating the potential impact of noise and climate change on marine species (anthropogenic impacts), and how sound can be used as an indicator of ecosystem health (acoustic indicators). I am particularly interested in using bioacoustics as a tool to further conservation and to assess species’ resilience to a rapidly changing ocean. Our lab research interests are broad, ranging from marine mammal communication to restoration acoustics with fishes, and soundscape ecology.
I currently have funding for 1-2 graduate students, and encourage students with fellowships or projects they’d like to propose via grant fundings to additionally to reach out to me. I take students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences at UNH. I also consider driven honor’s thesis students at UNH. As a lab we are:
- Committed to cultivating a kind and equitable scientific culture within and beyond the lab
- Interested in marine bioacoustics, conservation, behavior and quantitative methods (statistics, R)
- Committed to anti-racist practices, tangible diversity and inclusion efforts, and decolonizing science