College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Arthur N. Popper

Arthur Popper

Professor Emeritus


Office Phone: 301.405.1940
Lab: 301.405.6903
Fax: 301.314.9358
Office Address: 2225 Bio-Psych

Graduate Program Affiliations

  • Neuroscience & Cognitive Science (NACS)
  • BISI - BISI-Physiological Systems (PSYS)
  • BISI - BISI-Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics (BEES)

Research Interests

Marine bio-acoustics, or the study of acoustic behavior by aquatic organisms. In particular,work in my lab asks questions about: (1) Structure, function, and evolution of the vertebrate auditory system, with an emphasis on auditory mechanisms in fishes; and (2) Effects of human-generated (anthropogenic) sound on aquatic organisms, including effects of high intensity sources and longer-term but lower level increases in background sound. Studies in both areas involve morphological, physiological, and behavioral approaches to help understand hearing mechanisms and capabilities. Most recently, our work has focussed on the effects of very intense sounds on fish. Studies have involved effects of very intense sonar. Currently, we are examining how sounds produced during marine construction, and particualrly pile driving (as used in construction of bridges, piers, and wind farms) affects hearing and physiology of fish.

Recent Publications

Smith, M. E., Coffin, A. B., Miller, D. L., and Popper, A. N. (2006). Anatomical and functional recovery of the goldfish (Carassius auratus) ear following noise exposure. J. Exp. Biol., 209:4193-4202. 

Mann, D. A., Cott, P. A., Hanna, B. W., and Popper, A. N. (2006). Hearing in eight species of northern Canadian freshwater fishes: implications for seismic surveys. J. Fish. Biol., 70:109-120.

Coffin, A. B., Dabdoud, A., Kelley, M. W., and Popper, A. N. (2007). Myosin VI and VIIa distribution among inner ear epithelia in diverse fishes. Hear. Res., 224:15-26.

Popper, A. N., Halvorsen, M. B., Kane, E., Miller, D. D., Smith, M. E., Stein, P., and Wysocki, L. E. (2007). The effects of high-intensity, low-frequency active sonar on rainbow trout. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 122:623-635.

Oxman, D. S. Barnett-Johnson, R., Smith, M. E., Coffin, A. B., Miller, D. D., Josephson, R., Popper, A. N. (2007). The effect of vaterite deposition on otolith morphology, sound reception and inner ear sensory epithelia in hatchery-reared chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Canad. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 64:1469-1478. 

Song, J., Mann, D. A., Cott, P. A., Hanna, B. W., and Popper, A. N. (2008). The inner ears of northern Canadian freshwater fishes following exposure to seismic air gun sounds. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 124: 1360-1366.

Popper, A. N. and Schilt, C. R. (2008). Hearing and acoustic behavior (basic and applied). In: Webb, J. F., Fay, R. R., and Popper, A. N. (eds). Fish Bioacoustics. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York, pp. 17-48.

Popper, A. N., Scholnick, E., Malone, R. (2008). Mentoring of junior faculty. Faculty Voice 22(1), 6.

Halvorsen, H. B., Wysocki, L. E., Stehr, C. M., Baldwin, D. H., Scholz, N. L., and Popper, A. N.(2009). Barging effects on sensory systems of Chinook salmon smolts. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc., in press.

Song, J. and Popper, A. N. (2009). New perspectives in fish evolution and neurobiology. Integrative Zool., 4:1-2.

Popper, A. N., and Hastings, M. C. (2009). The effects on fish of human-generated (anthropogenic) sound. Integrative Zool., 4:43-52.

Mann, D. A., Wilson, C. D.,Song, J., and Popper, A. N. (2009). Hearing sensitivity of the Walleye Pollock, Theragra chalcogramma. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc., in press.

Popper, A. N. and Hastings, M. C. (2009). Effects of anthropogenic noise on fish. J. Fish Biol. In press.

Wysocki, L.E., Montey, K., and Popper, A. N. (2009). The influence of ambient temperature and thermal acclimation on hearing in a eurythermal and a stenothermal otophysan fish. J. Exp. Biol., in press.

Popper, A. N. (2009). Are we drowning out fish in a sea of noise? Marine Scientist, Number 27, May 2009, pp. 18-20.

Slabbekoorn, H., Bouton, N, van Opzeeland, I., Coers, A., ten Cate, C., and Popper, A. N. (2010). A noisy spring: the impact of globally rising underwater sound levels on fish. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, in press.

For a more complete listing of publications, and links to many of the papers, please go to 


  • 2010 University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Faculty Award for Mentoring


Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, 1969.