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Underwater Environmental Acoustics


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Pacific Marine Environment Lab

opportunity location
26.77.77.B4631 Newport, OR 97365


name email phone
Robert P. Dziak 541.270.0199


Since 1991, research conducted by PMEL has shown the value of passive underwater acoustics for monitoring a variety of ocean processes. PMEL maintains access to hydrophones from fixed, cabled arrays such as the US Navy’s SOund SUrveillance System (SOSUS) and portable, autonomous hydrophone moorings developed in-house. Research activities include continuous monitoring of the Juan de Fuca Ridge for volcanic activity, Pacific-wide monitoring of low-level seismicity, the interpretation of underwater landslides, the movement and behavior of large marine mammals, and the long-term monitoring of the sources of man-made and natural sound in the ocean to assess the impact of acoustics on marine life. Future plans include the expansion of monitoring to the global ocean and further emphasis on the impacts of noise in the ocean. A mature research team including scientists, engineers, mathematicians, computer specialists, field technicians, and data analysts work routinely with incoming acoustic data streams. Research opportunities exist to further exploit these acoustic data sets for environmental science applications and to enhance the large-scale technology required for expanding the current acoustic network to a global system.



Dziak RP, et al: Geology, 2007


key words
Underwater acoustics; SONUS; Volcanic activity; Pacific Ocean; Seismicity; Landslides; Marine life; Ocean technology;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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