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Lin Wang

L. Wang MSc

I am interested in bird behaviour, marine ecology, and bioacoustics. In my PhD-project I focus on deep-sea soundscapes, including those surrounding hydrothermal vents. I also explore potential effects of anthropogenic noise on deep-sea animals.

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There are two main points of interest in my research: 1) a description of acoustic variation around deep-sea hydrothermal vents and 2) the effects of anthropogenic noise on hydrothermal vent animals. During my PhD-project, I will therefore focus on describing the deep-sea soundscapes around and away from hydrothermal vents, including natural variation in spectral and temporal patterns, as well as the presence and potential impact of noise pollution by human activities. I will also test the biological relevance of these underwater soundscapes in the deep sea, through a combination of on-board and in situ behavioural response studies. 

Deep-sea soundscapes: The deep sea is a dark environment, in which sound is particularly important for marine animals, for communication, orientation, and navigation. In the deep sea, hydrothermal vents are an interesting and unique area with specific environments of extreme temperatures and chemical composition. There is also a surprising diversity of animal species around hydrothermal vents, which often only breed in the exceptional environment. The larvae of hydrothermal vent species can disperse over long distances, but it is a mystery how they find their way to suitable habitat around another hydrothermal vent, in the enormous space of the ocean. Hydrothermal vents also produce sound, and the sound spectra and temporal patterns may be unique and potentially serve as acoustic beacon.

Noise impact: In the past few decades, anthropogenic noise pollution has spread over the world and entered the deep sea. Man-made noise can be loud close to the source and is often low in frequency, fully overlapping with perceptual abilities of most marine animals and likely masking many acoustic cues that are of potential biological relevance. Animals, for which we hardly know what and why they hear, and whose habitat we only just start to explore acoustically, may be disturbed, deterred, or distracted by our noisy activities. Therefore, anthropogenic noise pollution may cause problems to the biological function of sound in this unique and rarely explored ecosystem.

Brief biography

2020-2024: PhD-project on ‘DEEPSEA SOUND: pioneer explorations into biological relevance and anthropogenic disturbance’. Funded by a CSC-stipend by the China Scholarship council.

Promotors: Dr. Hans Slabbekoorn; Co-promotor: Prof. Carel ten Cate; Collaborators: Dr. Sabine Gollner (NIOZ) & Dr. Henk-Jan Hoving (GEOMAR).

2015-2019: MSc in Animal Behavioural & Ecology at University College for Nature Conservation of Beijing Forestry University.

2010-2014: BSc in Biotechnology at Shandong Normal University.


Lin Wang, Dujing Zhang, Jinling Sui 2020. Investigation of cognitive mechanisms and strategy on solving multiple string-pulling problems in azure-winged magpie (cyanopica cyanus). Animal Cognition, 1-10.

Lin Wang, Jinxin Guo, Hengjiu Tian, Jinling Sui 2020. The ability of oriental magpies (pica serica) to solve baited multiple-string problems. PeerJ, 8(1), e9200.

Ke Li, Lin Wang, Ran Zhou, Hang Fan, Jinling Sui 2019. Amelioration of alcohol-induced liver injury in mice by ginsenosides in ginseng wine. Journal of Functional Foods, 54, 281-288.

Yu Wang, Jinxin Guo, Lin Wang, Hengjiu Tian, Jinling Sui 2019. Transcriptome analysis revealed potential mechanisms of differences in physiological stress responses between caged male and female magpies, BMC Genomics, 20, 447.

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  • Instituut Biologie Leiden
  • IBL Animal Sciences
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