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Published on February 6, 2018 12:15PM

The potential of underwater gliders as a research tool will be on the agenda this Saturday, Feb. 10, when PhD candidate Selene Fregosi addresses the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society in Newport.

Fregosi will explain how Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, or AUVs, can be outfitted with passive acoustic recorders to study the presence and distribution of a variety of marine mammal species.

A PhD candidate at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, Fregosi uses novel acoustic technologies to answer applied ecological questions. Her PhD research focuses on how AUVs can be used as a monitoring tool for otherwise hard-to-study species like marine mammals. Her research has ranged from the behavioral responses of marine mammals to man-made noise; the development of an animal-borne tag to study animal behavior; individual acoustic signatures and social hierarchies in male elephant seals; and even the evolution of aggression in bluebirds.

The talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 10 am at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter president, at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or 541-517-8754.

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