Arthur N. Popper, Ph.D., Co-Director
Professor Emeritus, College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
Dr. Popper, while “retired,” continues his research interests through collaborating with individuals around the world. His continued research interests focus on the effects of man-made (or anthropogenic) noise on aquatic life, with particular focus on effects of such sounds on fishes. This interest allows Dr. Popper to take advantage of his decades of basic research on fish hearing capabilities and mechanisms and apply them to issues that have the potential to directly affect behavior and physiology of animals as the noise levels in the aquatic environment increases (see www.popperlab.umd.edu). Recent studies have included effects of very intense man-made signals (pile driving, seismic air guns) as well as general increase in background noise levels (as from shipping and aquaculture). Dr. Popper is also very involved in working with U.S. and international institutions in evaluating overall effects of the increase in man-made noise on animals. He currently leads a research project on the effects of high intensity signals on fishes and he is also involved with a research project in The Netherlands on effects of seismic exploration on fish behavior. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Popper is editor of two major publications, the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research and the magazine Acoustics Today.
Dr. Popper’s involvement with Terrapin Teachers arises from his long-standing interest in seeing for the long-term improvement in the quality of STEM teaching in K-12. He also provides leadership and support for the members of the Terrapin Teachers program and serves as a liaison between Terrapin Teachers and faculty collaborations from the College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences. Dr. Popper focuses more on fundraising, staff development, and mentoring TT staff members.