The applicant, Lise Doksæter, is a PhD student under the project Low frequency acoustics: potentials and dangers for marine ecosystems application (LowFreq), at the institute of marine research (IMR). The main focus in her PhD project is to study the effe cts of low frequency sound on fish and marine mammals. A good understanding of underwater acoustics and wave propagation is essential to enable analyses of the data and evaluate the effects on marine animals.
To strengthen the outcome of the PhD project, as well as ensure a satisfying recruitment to IMR by highly qualified personnel in the field, it is important that the PhD candidate get a good training and education in the field of acoustics. As one of the leading universities in the world in technolog y, Massachutes Institute of Technology (MIT), offers the best and most specialized education in underwater acoustics. As a collaborator in the LowFreq project, professor Nickholas Makris, leader of the Laboratory of Undersea Remote Sensing at MIT, has inv ited the applicant to study at MIT for a period of six months. During this stay, she will take three or four courses from the following:
1. Acoustic Sensing
2. Fundamentals and Applications of Underwater Sound
3. Acoustical Oceanography
4. Environmental Ocean Acoustics
5. Marine Bioacoustics and Geoacoustics
6. Wave propagation.
The educational part of a PhD degree is very important to ensure recruitment of well-qualified personnel, and for the applicant to be able to take this part of her PhD at MIT wil l give the applicant the best possible education in her discipline.