[MARMAM] New book - Schevill & Watkins - The Voices of Marine Mammals

Michael Moore mmoore at whoi.edu
Mon Dec 16 07:25:57 PST 2019

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s publication /Voices of Marine Mammals: 
William E. Schevill and William A. Watkins: Pioneers in Bioacoustics 
/honors the groundbreaking work of Schevill and Watkins, of Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution, in the field of marine bioacoustics. The book 
consists of twelve chapters by different authors, who worked with or 
whose work was influenced by Watkins and Schevill. The Whaling Museum 
recently received a donation from WHOI of Watkins’ and Schevill’s 
instruments and research, which anchor its newly expanded 
exhibition/Whales Today/. The publication speaks to the themes of the 
scientific trajectory of bioacoustics. It also includes a flexi-disc 
with audio recordings of Watkins, Schevill, and marine mammal sounds.

While there are many publications on whale vocalizations and current 
threats to overall ocean ecosystems health in regards to noise pollution 
and other acoustical impacts, none focus specifically on the remarkable 
contributions of Watkins and Schevill. Using these two scientists and 
their work as the focal point, this book fills a significant gap in 

Available online for purchase: 

Editor: Christina Connett Brophy

Chapter Authors: Michael Moore, Peter Tyack, Philip Hamilton & Marilyn 
Marx, Karen Moore Dourdeville, Douglas Wartzok, Carlton Ray, Robert 
Wallace, Sam Ridgway, Kurt Fristrup, Susan Parks, Laela Sayigh

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