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Ecosystem mechanisms of noise impact on marine fauna

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Project "ECOSOUND" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-10   to  2017-05-09


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 Project objective

Defining a Good Environmental Status for ocean noise within the EU Marine Framework Strategy is challenged by our limited knowledge about noise effects on marine fauna.ECOSOUND proposes that there are two broad types of mechanisms of noise impact on individual animals, both with potential population-level effects: bottom-up, i.e. noise responses that operate at the genetic, cellular or physiological level, which are likely to be conserved across taxa; and top-down, i.e. behavioural reactions driven by the life style of each species, which may result in physiological damage and even death.ECOSOUND will study bottom-up effects exploring if noise may induce morphological changes in several invertebrate taxa, selecting study species known to show phenotypic plasticity when exposed to stressors. Identifying developmental mechanisms of noise-effects is critical to predict potential common physiological paths over a wide range of taxa.Top-down effects will be investigated by comparing the life style of four species of deep-diving whales, and developing models to identify the reasons and potential consequences at the individual and population level of the different vulnerability of these species to noise. ECOSOUND will use the largest existing dataset of multi-sensor acoustic tag recordings of these whales, and apply quantitative ecology methods to develop bioenergetics models linking foraging and diving behaviour, metabolic rate, life history and social structure of the species.The results will inform transfer functions for PCAD models of population consequences of acoustic disturbance.ECOSOUND will strengthen the multidisciplinary research profile of the fellow with the fields of developmental biology and quantitative ecology, while contributing expertise on cetacean biologging studies and a new research line on the impacts of noise on marine invertebrates to USTAN.Results are relevant for the EU Marine Framework Strategy in the emergent field of management of ocean noise


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Lucía Martina Martín López, Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Patrick Miller, Mark Johnson
Tracking the kinematics of caudal-oscillatory swimming: a comparison of two on-animal sensing methods
published pages: 2103-2109, ISSN: 0022-0949, DOI: 10.1242/jeb.136242
The Journal of Experimental Biology 219/14 2019-07-24
2016 A. Fais, M. Johnson, M. Wilson, N. Aguilar Soto, P. T. Madsen
Sperm whale predator-prey interactions involve chasing and buzzing, but no acoustic stunning
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep28562
Scientific Reports 6/1 2019-07-24
2016 Andrea Fais, Tim P. Lewis, Daniel P. Zitterbart, Omar Álvarez, Ana Tejedor, Natacha Aguilar Soto
Abundance and Distribution of Sperm Whales in the Canary Islands: Can Sperm Whales in the Archipelago Sustain the Current Level of Ship-Strike Mortalities?
published pages: e0150660, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150660
PLOS ONE 11/3 2019-07-24
2016 A. Ariza, J.M. Landeira, A. Escánez, R. Wienerroither, N. Aguilar de Soto, A. Røstad, S. Kaartvedt, S. Hernández-León
Vertical distribution, composition and migratory patterns of acoustic scattering layers in the Canary Islands
published pages: 82-91, ISSN: 0924-7963, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.01.004
Journal of Marine Systems 157 2019-07-24
2016 Natacha Aguilar de Soto
Peer-Reviewed Studies on the Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Invertebrates: From Scallop Larvae to Giant Squid.
published pages: 17-26, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_3
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2019-07-24
2017 Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Vidal Martín, Monica Silva, Roland Edler, Cristel Reyes, Manuel Carrillo, Agustina Schiavi, Talia Morales, Belen García-Ovide, Anna Sanchez-Mora, Nerea Garcia-Tavero, Lisa Steiner, Michael Scheer, Roland Gockel, Dylan Walker, Enrico Villa, Petra Szlama, Ida K. Eriksson, Marisa Tejedor, Monica Perez-Gil, João Quaresma, Wojtek Bachara, Emma Carroll
True’s beaked whale ( Mesoplodon mirus ) in Macaronesia
published pages: e3059, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3059
PeerJ 5 2019-07-24
2015 L. M. Martin Lopez, P. J. O. Miller, N. Aguilar de Soto, M. Johnson
Gait switches in deep-diving beaked whales: biomechanical strategies for long-duration dives
published pages: 1325-1338, ISSN: 0022-0949, DOI: 10.1242/jeb.106013
Journal of Experimental Biology 218/9 2019-07-24
2016 Nataha Aguilar de Soto Caitlin Kight
Physiological effects of noise. Ch. 8 in Solan, M. & Whiteley, N. (Eds) .
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Stressors in the Marine Environment. Physiological and Ecological Responses and Societal Implications 2019-07-24
2016 Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Kalliopi Gkikopoulou, Sascha Hooker, Saana Isojunno, Mark Johnson, Patrick Miller, Peter Tyack, Paul Wensveen, Carl Donovan, Catriona M. Harris, Danielle Harris, Laura Marshall, Cornelia Oedekoven, Rocio Prieto, Len Thomas
From physiology to policy: A review of physiological noise effects on marine fauna with implications for mitigation
published pages: 40008, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1121/2.0000299
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 2019-07-24

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