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Substrate-Borne Vibrational Noise in the Anthropocene: From Land to Sea

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Abstract

Here we provide an overview of work related to anthropogenically produced substrate-borne vibrational noise. We review the marine and terrestrial vibrational noise literature base, focusing upon the species studied, the increasing research attention, and the findings of latest papers. We highlight the key sources of vibrational noise, how noise may be measured and mitigated (both by humans and by animal receivers), and how we can test for the potential impacts of noise sources. We present two case studies of previously untested species, the first relating to vibrational sensitivity of barnacles, and the second relating to activity patterns of the Madagascar hissing cockroach under vibrational noise. Currently it is difficult to draw firm conclusions on the effects of vibrational noise, given the few studies in both environments. However, effects seen to date include interference with signaling, pair formation and parental care, in addition to activity changes, and an increase of stress-related behaviors. Notably the aquatic research base lags behind the terrestrial, with the vibrational sensing capabilities of most benthic organisms largely unknown currently. We highlight vibrational noise as an area that requires more research attention both on the land and in the sea.

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LR would like to recognize and thank those in the underwater noise community who continue to discuss and highlight seabed vibration where few people are doing so currently—particularly Anthony Hawkins and Arthur Popper; Richard Hazelwood, Thomas Breithaupt, Krysia Mazik, and Michael Elliott. DRH thanks Mia Phillips, Nicole Abate, Jessica Briggs, Alicyn Evans, Sophia Bloomer, Sarah Blatchley, and Carrie Hall for assistance in the field and laboratory with collecting data and literature on the effects of vibrational noise on terrestrial animals.

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Roberts, L., Howard, D.R. (2022). Substrate-Borne Vibrational Noise in the Anthropocene: From Land to Sea. In: Hill, P.S.M., Mazzoni, V., Stritih-Peljhan, N., Virant-Doberlet, M., Wessel, A. (eds) Biotremology: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution. Animal Signals and Communication, vol 8. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97419-0_6

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