Award Date

5-8-2002

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Studies (MES)

Department

Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dan E. Blasko, Curator Mirage Dolphin Habitat-Content Advisor

Advisor 2

Dorian S. Houser, Ph.D., Biomimetica Owner/Research Scientist-Content Advisor

Number of Pages

39

Abstract

Past research on dolphin echolocation has shown that dolphins can adaptively control the frequency and amplitude of echolocation clicks. The degree to which click production is controlled and the relationship between click variation and echolocation task remains uncertain. This thesis describes a research protocol for studying the adaptive control of dolphin echolocation. The protocol builds on past studies to investigate the manner in which the spectral characteristics of clicks and the overall number of clicks produce for a given task vary in relation to the type of task being performed.

Keywords

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins; Adaptability; Biological sonar; Click classification; Echolocation; Mirage Dolphin Habitat; Tursiops truncatus

Disciplines

Zoology

Language

English


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