Dr. Michelle Fournet is an acoustic ecologist who uses sound to investigate the interactions between marine organisms and human activities. This includes:
- investigating how marine organisms use sound to facilitate vital life functions (animal communication);
- investigating the potential impact of anthropogenic noise and climate change on marine species and environments (anthropogenic impacts), and
- investigating how sound can be used as an indicator of ecosystem health (acoustic indicators).
The overarching goal of the Bioacoustics and Behavior Lab (BABEL) is to use bioacoustics as a tool to further conservation and to assess species’ resilience to changing oceans. Much of Dr. Fournet’s work focuses on Arctic and sub-Arctic marine mammals including cetaceans and pinnipeds; she also studies the acoustics of sub-tropical fishes.
Students that are interested in joining BABEL are encouraged to look through Dr. Fournet’s lab website before reaching out to her directly by email.