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The Sound in the Silence: Discovering a Fish's Soundscape

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Science  14 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6100, pp. 1290-1291
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6100.1290

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Among bioacoustics researchers, Arthur Popper is widely known for the classic drawings of fish ear anatomy he produced as a young scientist and for co-editing a series of influential books that colleagues say has helped shape the growing field. Popper has also conducted innovative studies that have documented the effects of human-generated sound on fish and raised questions about the science underpinning government regulations designed to protect sea life from industrial noise. And now that the irrepressible 69-year-old researcher is preparing for retirement, colleagues are wondering if anyone can take Popper's place—and whether he'll actually slow down.

  • * Jane J. Lee is a writer in Washington, D.C.