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B.C. scientists racing to understand singing fish

January 15, 2024 | Victoria Times Colonist via UVic News

Underwater soundscapes – or the sounds fish make – are a widely misunderstood and understudied area of research. Luckily, there are an increasing number of scientists, particularly in British Columbia and at the University of Victoria, who are reigniting interest in this field of study. One of these scholars is Dr. Rodney Rountree, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at UVic.

Dr. Rountree is popularly monikered as ‘The Fish Listener’ due to his decades of committed research in this area. Dr. Rountree, who is based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has traveled all over the world collecting data on fish sounds. He is also one of the creators of the FishSounds online database.

Some of Dr. Rountree’s research, particularly on how anthropogenic noise is affecting fish soundscapes, is available to be read on UVic’s open access institutional repository, UVicSpace. The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at UVic Libraries encourages you to check it out!