Goldbogen Lab receives ONR Equipment Grant and Young Investigator Award

We are excited to announce that the Goldbogen Lab received two grants for basic and applied research on cetacean biomechanics, energetics, foraging ecology, and the impacts of acoustic disturbance. The lab received a 2016 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant to purchase (Winners of the FY 2016 Award listed here) a mobile, state-of-the-art active acoustic system for measuring baleen whale prey fields. This equipment bolsters our ability to integrate environmental data into controlled exposure experiments to increase our ability to distinguish behavioral responses to military sonar from natural ecological dynamics. This equipment will add to our suite of integrated capabilities to perform research on ecologically, economically, and culturally important cetacean species on the California coast. Data from this new equipment will be used in biomechanical and energetic studies to assess the the biological significance of acoustic disturbance. In support of these objectives, the Goldbogen Lab received a 2016 Young Investigator Award that will support the integration of data and analysis for 3 years.