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Marine Bioacoustics, Ocean Energy,

Music and Composing, Engagement


 

Microdocumentary highlighting marine bioacoustics research & conservation in Mexico

MARINE BIOACOUSTICS

Recording noise in shark habitats

  • – Learning about the ocean by listening to it: gathering bio data via passive acoustic monitoring, which is innovative in that it gathers data without interfering with the life of an organism
  • – Initiating passive acoustic monitoring of the Meso-American Reef
  • – Creating The Listener Project: underwater sculpture installation combining art, science, and conservation to record the birth of a new reef

 

OCEAN ENERGY

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  • – Collaborating with U.S. Department of Energy to create new programs to develop renewable marine energy sources that can power ocean research devices
  • – Advising on concerns over noise generated by energy installations in the ocean
  • – Co-chairing ocean noise and marine life inter-agency task force

MUSIC AND COMPOSING

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  • – Composing, performing, recording, and publishing original works for acoustic and electronic instruments and recorded soundscapes
  • – Performing world music on cello, internationally
  • – Analyzing soundscapes through musical techniques

ENGAGEMENT

Heather Spence presenting

  • – Organizing, curating, coaching, and moderating conference and event panel presentations
  • – Public speaking and media interviews in English and Spanish
  • – Creation of outreach materials and curriculum development for kids through adults

 

Sample projects and events

 

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Introducing Mexican students to the crackling sounds of shrimp

 

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Recording sounds at a marine energy test site in North Carolina

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Conducting maintenance on The Listener Project sculpture site

 

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Leading a marine biology workshop for elementary students in Mexico

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Singing at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC

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Keynote lecture and concert for the 20th Anniversary of the Cancun National Parks

 

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Traveling to a research site wearing a “conservation marketing” t-shirt I designed

Presenting a verbal and musical response to a visual art exhibition for gallery members

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