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Doing Business As Name:Loyola University of Chicago
  • Richard R Fay
  • (773) 508-2714
Award Date:04/25/2007
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 69,202
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 69,202
  • FY 2009=$21,457
  • FY 2007=$12,771
  • FY 2008=$19,449
  • FY 2010=$15,525
Start Date:05/01/2007
End Date:04/30/2013
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.074
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: Sound Source Localization by Fishes
Federal Award ID Number:0642204
DUNS ID:074368911
Parent DUNS ID:074368911
Program:Animal Behavior
Program Officer:
  • Michelle Elekonich
  • (703) 292-7202

Awardee Location

Street:1032 W. Sheridan Road
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Loyola University of Chicago
Street:1032 W. Sheridan Road
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

This research will investigate sound source localization by fishes to ascertain how fish integrate the various sound cues available to them to behave appropriately in complex acoustic environments. Evidence suggests that the capacity for sound source localization is common to mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles, but surprisingly it is not known whether fishes locate sound sources in the same manner. Therefore, sound source localization by fishes remains an important topic in biology and in the hearing sciences. This study will test the major assumptions of several related theories, including the leading theory of sound source localization by fishes. The plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus), in which females locate males by sounds that the males produce, will be used as a general model to investigate how fishes localize underwater sound sources. Two hypotheses will be tested: 1) fish orient to the direction of acoustic particle motion to localize sound sources (a major assumption of several, related theories including the leading theory of sound source localization), and 2) both particle motion and sound pressure detection (via the swimbladder) are necessary for sound source localization, but neither alone is sufficient. As an integral part of this research program, both graduate and undergraduate students will receive training and mentoring. In addition, annual public lectures regarding this research will be presented at the University of California Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Brown AD, Mussen TD, Sisneros JA, and AB Coffin "Reevaluating the use of aminoglycoside antibiotics in behavioral studies of the lateral line" Hearing Research, v.272, 2011, p.1.

Zeddies, DG; Fay, RR; Gray, MD; Alderks, PW; Acob, A; Sisneros, JA "Local acoustic particle motion guides sound-source localization behavior in the plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus" JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY, v.215, 2012, p.152.

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