Thursday, June 10, 8:30-9:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Dr. Aaron N. Rice, Principal Ecologist and Senior Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University

By recording underwater sounds with specialized instrumentation, we can understand which fishes are active in particular habitats, when they are spawning, and how behavior and ecology of fishes is driven by abiotic or anthropogenic processes. As part of a collaborative project between Cornell University, NYS DEC, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, we are deploying hydrophones in various habitats along the main stem and tributaries of the Hudson River to understand its diversity of soundscapes. While our acoustic exploration of this dynamic ecosystem has just begun, we are quickly gaining insight into how bioacoustics can help us understand, manage and conserve the Hudson River.