Girls in Science
Girls in Science 2019 - Bioacoustics
From August 10-17, 2019, Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) embarked on a new collaboration with the Earthwatch Institute on an exciting initiative called Girls in Science. The competitive program comprised a week-long, fully funded, residential fellowship in Woods Hole for 10 young women, aged 16 - 18, from Massachusetts.
Fellows were housed on the beautiful Sea Education Association campus with easy access to the nearby WHOI facilities. During their week, the fellows worked with WHOI Research Specialist Laela Sayigh, WHSG Education Specialist Grace Simpkins and others to investigate marine mammal bioacoustics (sounds) while also meeting other female Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals and learning from their collective expertise. The immersive experience included building and testing their own underwater microphone (or hydrophone), analyzing data of dolphin vocalizations from Wellfleet to contribute to a study on whether a mass stranding predictive model can be developed, and capturing the underwater sounds of whales and dolphins vocalizing during a whale watching expedition. During the evenings, Earthwatch facilitators helped the student fellows integrate arts and science to tell their "Story of Science."
"The fellows had a phenomenal week diving into the science of bioacoustics and meeting so many strong female role models in STEM fields,” says Simpkins. “It was truly amazing to see the growth in each fellow over the week and a joy to share the wealth of WHOI resources with each and every one of them."
For more information, please visit the Earthwatch Girls in Science Website.
About the Program
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