|Teaching Science through History|
Roger Payne & Whale Sounds
by Dustin Luwikowski
Roger Payne is a well-known scientist and even better known conservationist who helped initiate the "save the whales" movement. He has published many papers on whales, chemical levels in the ocean, and auditory communication and signaling in animals. As part of his work with whales, he published the top-selling recording, "Songs of the Humpback Whale". This case study focuses on Payne's journey from studying acoustics in various animals to focusing on whales and learning to make the world care about whales through their singing. It especially focuses on the role of values between Payne's conservation efforts and his scientific discoveries.
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