Dr. Whitlow Au
Dolphin Sound Production
Dr. Whitlow Au
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Dr. Whitlow Au is the Chief Scientist for the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Dr. Au has studied the mesopelagic boundary community and the acoustics of snapping shrimp, but his primary research is sound production and reception in whales and dolphins. His book, The Sonar of Dolphins, describes dolphin echolocation in detail. Dr. Au's research focuses on how dolphins produce, detect, and use sound to understand their environment. He has also examined the effect of sound on whales and dolphins.

We recently sat down with Dr. Au to discuss his research on the echolocation of dolphins.