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Atmospheric and underwater acoustics; computational studies of convective effects on sound propagation; acoustic characterization of Sciaenid fish calls.

Dr. Mark W. Sprague

Dr. Sprague
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD., University of Mississippi, 1994
  • Office Location: Howell Science Complex E310
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-10:00am
  • Telephone: (252) 328-1862
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Sprague, M. W. and Luczkovich, J. J. (In Press), "Development of a finite difference time domain (FDTD) model for propagation of transient sounds in very shallow water," Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II, edited by A. N. Popper and A. D. Hawkins (Springer, New York).

Sprague, M. W. and Luczkovich, J. J. (2012), "Modeling the Propagation of Transient Sounds in Very Shallow Water Using Finite The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, edited by A. N. Popper and A. Hawkins (Springer US), vol. 730 of Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, pp. 459–461.

Sprague, M. and Luczkovich, J. (2012), "Modeling fish aggregation sounds in very shallow water to estimate numbers of calling fish in aggregations," Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 12(1).

J. J. Luczkovich, M. W. Sprague, and C. S. Krahforst (2011) "Acoustic Behavior." In: A. P. Farrell (ed.),Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology: From Genome to Environment, volume 1, pp. 311-320. San Diego: Academic Press.

J. J. Luczkovich, R. C. Pullinger, S. E. Johnson, and M. W. Sprague (2008) "Identifying sciaenid critical spawning habitats by the use of passive acoustics,"Transactions of the American Fisheries Society137, pp. 576-605.

M. W. Sprague and J. J. Luczkovich (2004) "Measurement of an individual silver perchBairdiella chrysourasound pressure level in a field recording ,"Journal of the Acoustical Society of America116(5) pp. 3186-3191.

M. W. Sprague (2002) "The Single Sonic Muscle Twitch Model for Sciaenid Sound Production,"Bioacoustics12(2 & 3) pp. 225-227.

J. J. Luczkovich and M. W. Sprague (2002) "Using Passive Acoustics to Monitor Estuarine Fish Populations,"Bioacoustics12(2 & 3) pp. 289-292.

M. W. Sprague and J. J. Luczkovich (2001) "Do striped cusk-eels Ophidion marginatum (Ophidiidae) produce the 'chatter' sound attributed to weakfishCynoscion regalis(Sciaenidae)?"Copeia2001(3) pp. 854-859.

M. W. Sprague (2000) "The single sonic muscle twitch model for the sound-production mechanism in the weakfish,Cynoscion regalis,"Journal of the Acoustical Society of America108(5) pp. 2430-2437.

J. J. Luczkovich, H. J. Daniel III, M. Hutchinson, T. Jenkins, S. E. Johnson, R. C. Pullinger, and M. W. Sprague, (2000) "Sounds of sex and death in the sea: bottlenose dolphin whistles suppress mating choruses of silver perch,"Bioacoustics10(4) pp. 323-334.

M. W. Sprague, J. J. Luczkovich, R. C. Pullinger, S. E. Johnson, T. Jenkins, and H. J. Daniel, III, (2000) "Using spectral analysis to identify drumming sounds of some North Carolina fishes in the family Sciaenidae,"Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society116(2) pp. 124-145.

J. J. Luczkovich, M. W. Sprague, S. E. Johnson, and R. C. Pullinger, (1999) "Delimiting spawning areas of weakfishCynoscion regalis(family Sciaenidae) in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina using passive hydroacoustic surveys,"Bioacoustics10(2) pp. 143-160.