Dr. Ros Putland

About me

I am an underwater acoustician who specializes in understanding the soundscapes (geological, biological and anthropogenic sounds) from long term hydrophone deployments, as well how aquatic life may be effected by both behaviourally and physiologically as a consequence of noise.

I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota Duluth working in the Mensinger lab on the sensory physiology of fishes. For my research, I am collaborating with the USGS to analyse the soundscapes on the Mississippi prior to the installation of acoustic deterrents for invasive carp as well as test the auditory sensitivity of both native and invasive freshwater fishes. Additionally, I manage long term passive acoustic monitoring datasets from both Lake Superior and small Minnesota freshwater lakes. I also currently teach two undergraduate classes: Animal Physiology and Marine Biology.

I completed my doctorate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2017) developing novel automated detection and localization techniques for the specific sounds produced by fish Bryde's whales and other aquatic animals. I also have experience working with industry professionals in the UK to create environmental impact assessments, having modelled underwater sound from a proposed tidal energy centre during my masters thesis at the University of Southampton, UK (2013).

March and April 2020

Due to COVID-19 laboratory research is currently suspended. I am working on writing up some exciting projects from home. Look forward to sharing this soon!

February 2020

I have been working on using the auditory evoked potential technique to test the hearing sensitivity of freshwater fishes.

Photo: Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus