Symposium to Honor
Drs. Arthur N. Popper

Richard R. Fay
50 Years of Underwater Bioacoustics

Arthur Popper (1967)
Richard Fay (1968)
Richard Fay (2007)
Arthur Popper (2000)

Dear Esteemed Colleagues and Friends,

It is our pleasure to invite you and your family to “50 Years of Underwater Bioacoustics”, a symposium honoring the long and illustrious careers of Drs. Richard R. Fay and Arthur N. Popper. This one-day event will take place at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL on May 25th, 2013. The symposium will feature presentations from Popper and Fay collaborators and former trainees, an afternoon poster session, and an evening reception.

Meeting Purpose
The purpose of this meeting is to honor the outstanding careers of Drs. Arthur Popper and Richard Fay and their combined contributions to underwater bioacoustics, including topics as diverse as ototoxicity, hair cell development and regeneration, hearing and sound communication and the effects of underwater noise on aquatic life. In addition to their own substantial research contributions to the field, the pair has helped defined the major questions in underwater bioacoustics in several key review papers. Finally, they have made substantial contributions to the broader fields of animal bioacoustics and auditory neuroscience, not only with their own research, but also with the many international conferences they have organized and the 45+ volumes of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research that they have edited. Research presentations at this conference will span the range of disciplines covered and championed by Fay and Popper during their long and productive careers.

Meeting focus
The unique aspect of this meeting is that much of the research presented will be framed in the historical context of underwater bioacoustics, with particular focus on the decades of contributions of Popper and Fay and tribute to the founding fathers before them, such as William Tavolga. This historical perspective will allow speakers and attendees to see common threads across diverse topics such as sound source localization, fundamental sensory function, and underwater noise pollution. It will also provide a framework for the questions of the future, helping to drive the field forward.

Presenters/preliminary program

Speakers include:

Dr. Tony Hawkins - "Fish Hearing Experiments: a european perspective"
Dr. Robert Dooling - "From Birds in Air to Fish in the Sea"
Dr. Sheryl Coombs - "The Dynamic Duo: A Personal and Idiosyncratic Perspective"
Dr. Zhongmin Lu - "Zebrafish Model for Human Hereditary Hearing Loss: How Did I Get Here"
Dr. John Montgomery - "50 Years of Underwater Bioacoustics: An antipodean node on the net"
Dr. David Zeddies - "Sound Source Localization by Fishes"

Dr. Friedrich Ladich - "Accessory Hearing Structures in Catfishes and Cichlids: Diversity and Sensitivity"
Dr. Dennis Higgs - "Underwater sound detection as a multimodal response: what does "hearing" mean to a fish anyway?"
Dr. Christopher Braun - "A Phylogenetic Definition of "Specialization:" Hearing-Enhancing Morphologies in Malagasy-South Asian Cichlids"

Dr. Peter Narins - TBA


Ontogenetic changes in saccular morphology in the teleost fish Porichthys notatus - Peter W. Alderks, Allison B. Coffin, Joseph A. Sisneros

A comparison of larval auditory function between two model species, the zebrafish and the threespine stickleback - Ashwin A. Bhandiwad, Joseph A. Sisneros

Underwater hearing in turtles - Catherine E. Carr, Katie Willis, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, Darlene Ketten, Peggy Walton, Richard R. Fay

Melanin as a possible oto-protective pigment in fish ears - Bethany N. Coffey, Michael Smith

Investigation of a Hepatocyte Growth Factor Mimetic as a Hair Cell Protectant - Allison B. Coffin, Phillip M. Uribe, Leen H. Kawas, Joseph W. Harding

Interspecific Variations of Inner Ear Structure in the Deep-Sea Fish Family Melamphaidae - Xiaohong Deng, Hans-Joachim Wagner, Arthur N. Popper

Lateral line scene analysis in the purely aquatic frog, Xenopus laevis - Andreas Elepfandt

Neuroanatomical Evidence for Catecholamines as Modulators of Audition and Acoustic Behavior in a Vocal Teleost - Paul M. Forlano, Joseph A. Sisneros

Acoustic Communication in the Banded Sculpin, Cottus carolinae - Daniel Holt, Jeffrey Zeyl, Carol Johnston

Frequency response properties of the zebrafish larval lateral line - James C. Liao, Otar Akanyeti, Rafael Levi

Mechanical stimulation of individual lateral line neuromasts in larval zebrafish - James Liao, Melanie Haehnel, Otar Akanyeti

Comparison of audiograms measured via different electrophysiological recording techniques in a soniferous damselfish - Karen P. Maruska, Joseph A. Sisneros

Sensitivity of the Vibrissae of a Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) to Directly Coupled Sinusoidal Vibrations - Christin T. Murphy, Colleen Reichmuth, and David Mann

A novel hearing specialization in the New Zealand bigeye, Pempheris adspersa. - Radford, C.A., Montgomery, J.C. Caiger, P.

Do swim bladder specializations in cichlids correlate with modified inner ear morphology? - Tanja Schulz-Mirbach, Brian Metscher, Martin Heß, Friedrich Ladich

Lateral Line – Evoked Potentials (LLEPs): An Effective Tool for Investigating Ototoxicity - John Ramcharitar, Samuel Knecht, James Tomkinson

Growth hormone: A tonic for auditory hair cell loss? - Michael E. Smith, Huifang Sun, Mackenzie Perkins, Amy Ni

Behavioural and circuit auditory responses in larval zebrafish - Daphne Soares, Sabastian Romano and German Sumbre

Does the development of auditory sensitivity parallel vocal differentiation in a highly vocal fish? - Raquel O. Vasconcelos, Andreia Ramos, Daniel Alves, Joseph A. Sisneros, M. Clara P. Amorim, Paulo J. Fonseca

The use of passive acoustic data to predict beaked whale habitat in the California Current Ecosystem - Tina M. Yack, Alyson Fleming, Jay Barlow, Jessica Redfern, Elizabeth Becker, Peter Klimley and Marcel Holyoak


Registration includes admission to the featured presentations and poster session, light breakfast, box lunch, and evening reception at the Mote Aquarium.

Meeting Location Information
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 388-4441
Contact: David Mann (Conference Co-Chair), University of South Florida,
Allison Coffin (Conference Co-Chair), Washington State University, Vancouver

The Symposium will be held at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium located in Sarasota, Florida. Mote Marine Laboratory was founded in 1955. It has long been a leader in marine research ranging from scientific and clinical studies on dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and sharks to investigations of red tide, coral reefs, and ecotoxicology. Its aquarium facilities support a wide range of public viewing and marine education activities. Located on a quiet peninsula bounded by the beautiful waters and breezes of Sarasota Bay, Mote provides an ideal environment for the conference.

Conference sessions will be held in the Hendry Conference Room. Please refer to the Program Agenda for for additional information and location of evening events.

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Mote Marine Lab (1985)
(From left to right) William Tavolga, Jelle Atema, Richard Fay & Arthur Popper
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