Brittany Williams

Miss Brittany Williams

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I'm a marine biology PhD candidate playing music to baby oysters to help restore our lost oyster reefs. Our future oceans could be ones full of rhythms and melodies that are engineered to attract and restore organisms to degraded habitats.
I'm also fascinated by the deep sea and the ever-advancing technology that is taking us there. I'd love to use my knowledge on underwater acoustics to help discover it!

Just 200 years ago, native flat oysters (Ostrea angasi) covered over 1500 kilometres of South Australia's coastline, providing rich foundations for marine ecosystems. They're now functionally extinct, but what if we could revive them using music?

My research explores how 'highways of sound' could be used to guide baby oysters lost at sea away from silent patches in the ocean towards our restoration reefs. By building affordable, self-innovated underwater speakers that broadcast marine soundscapes (i.e. snapping shrimp snaps), we can revive our lost ecosystems. This 'snappy' and non-intrusive solution is timely, as Australia is currently working to restore its lost oyster reefs. This project would be the first to increase oyster recruitment to a reef restoration project, a significant advance in ecological restoration. 
 

Repairing recruitment processes with sound technology to accelerate habitat restoration. Williams et al. 2021, Ecological Applications.

 

In the media:

Radio- Brittany Williams on the importance of oyster reefs with Matthew Pantelis:

https://omny.fm/shows/evenings-with-matthew-pantelis/brittany-williams-importance-of-oyster-reefs

 

Washington Post Article- Sounds of a healthy ocean can bring degraded marine ecosystems back to life:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/02/05/ocean-sounds-climate-change/?fbclid=IwAR3GuJU1JjAJeOZ0EybGBTUaH6luMPxvdAtOWn_SjewZ_W_U1yCoXgXevt8

 

Hakai Magazine Article- Using the sound of the sea to help rebuild ocean habitats: 

https://hakaimagazine.com/news/using-the-sound-of-the-sea-to-help-rebuild-ocean-habitats/

 

South Australia's 2021 Fresh Scientists:

https://freshscience.org.au/events/south-australia

 

Blog for AusOcean- Restoring oyster reefs using highways of sound:

https://blog.ausocean.org/2021/02/restoring-oyster-reefs-using-highways-of-sound.htm.html

 

Demonstrator for ENV BIOL 3510: Research Methods in Ecology III (2020, 2021)

Demonstrator for ENV BIOL 3010: Marine Ecology III (2020, 2021)


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