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Symphony of the Salmon: How Scientists are Learning by Putting Fish Migration to Music

July 09, 2018

This article was written by Kevin Davenport and published in the Idaho Statesman on Monday, July 9, 2018. Read the original article here.

What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way to do just that.

Chinook salmon, such as those that migrate to and from Idaho up the Snake and Columbia rivers, are one of Idaho’s most popular sports fish and integral to the region's economy, ecology and identity. Understanding in detail their migratory habits is key to understanding how dams and other man-made influences affect their survival and the river ecosystem writ large.

To examine that migration in a completely new way, researchers used music to analyze huge amounts of salmon location data collected from the inner ears of fish, according to a report published in the journal Heliyon. “We’re just getting tons and tons of rich data and we’re looking for better ways to visualize it,” says Jens Hegg, analytical lab manager in the Kennedy LIFE lab at the University of Idaho and lead author of the study. Read the entire story at idahostatesman.com.

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