December 2018

Effect of Underwater Noise on the Marine Environment

Joint Event with Vancouver Island Engineer Society (VIES)

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. please contact the Victoria Branch at [email protected] for space availability. Thank you.
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Location: Sportsman Lounge; Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee St Victoria, BC
Presenter: Kathy Hiese
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members and guests who pre-register online: $25.00 + GST = $26.25

Student Members who pre-register online: $10.00 + GST = $10.50

VIES Members only can register at the door.
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Marcel Gingras, P.Eng., at [email protected].
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Kathy Hiese, a marine biologist will be speaking about the impact of noise on marine mammals. It's more than just propeller noise; for example, ships' engines (everything from tankers to cruise ships) are hard mounted to the ships hulls and generate 'infrasonic sound' - below the frequencies we can hear - that can interfere with marine mammals' acoustics.


  • 11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Registration and networking
  • 12:00 PM–12:30 PM: Luncheon
  • 12:30 PM–1:00 PM: Presentation, questions, and closing


Kathy Heise

Kathy Heise began her involvement in cetacean research over 25 years ago as a lightkeeper, listening for the sounds of killer whales using a permanently-mounted hydrophone. She returned to UBC to study the ecology of Pacific white-sided dolphins and continues to be fascinated by them. Kathy is interested in the resident dolphins in the Strait of Georgia, particularly their foraging behaviour and prey choice. As a Research Associate at the Vancouver Aquarium she worked with colleagues to study how dolphins use echolocation to find and pursue prey and to detect and avoid underwater hazards such as nets. Kathy's current work focuses on the effects of underwater noise on marine mammals.


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