Acoustic attraction of oysters: Restoring oyster reefs
Do oysters listen to Pearl Jam? Or do they prefer Blue Oyster Cult?
Researchers in the School of Biological Sciences and the Environment Institute are involved in the building of a 20ha artificial shellfish reef near Ardrossan. The restoration project in Gulf St Vincent aims to pull our native mud oyster back from the brink of extinction in the wild and restore a forgotten ecosystem that once teemed with marine life.
We are looking for a student to complete an honours project that explores what natural underwater sounds help oyster larvae navigate to newly built oyster reefs. You will show which sounds attract what kinds of marine life and what the ecological consequences are for restoration.
The outcome will be an iTunes library of sounds made available for reef restoration projects around the world.