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Environmental Film Series- Sonic Sea

Nov 13, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry Room 130

The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Autumn 2017 Environmental Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is "Sonic Sea" (2016). 
Discussion Leaders for this film are Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Marine Conservation, Whale Program Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Rick Livingston, PhD, Interim Director, Humanities Institute, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Studies, OSU.
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Free pizza and beverages at 6:45.

This public offering is also an Autumn 2017 course offering through ENR 4193 Section 32330 and  ENR 6193 Section 34528.
Complete sign up by 10/16/2017 for an independent study course by attending the six films/discussions and writing essays afterwards. Syllabus at and Consult your faculty advisor to determine how this 1-credit course may meet requirements for your major.

Instructor: David Hanselmann ( or 614-247-1908)

Take a stand against ocean noise. Sonic Sea is about understanding and protecting the vast symphony of life in our waters. We can reduce the impacts of ocean noise if we take action now.

Executive Summary, 15 page Sonic Sea Impacts of Noise on Marine Mammals, Natural Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Marine life exists in a world dominated by sound. From pistol shrimp to blue whales, marine species use sound to find prey and communicate, sometimes over distances of hundreds of miles or more. But over the last 100 years or so, increasing levels of anthropogenic noise from shipping, oil and gas exploration, naval sonar training, construction, and other activities have begun to drown out the ocean’s natural sound. For whales, dolphins, and other marine life, this has resulted in a myriad of impacts, including stress, deafness, avoidance behaviors that have diminished feeding opportunities, and even death. Fortunately, in many cases, relatively simple solutions exist to mitigate these problems; what is needed is the political will.