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CWSF 2019 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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My name is Hollis Mattson. I am 12 years old and in grade seven. I attend Devereaux Elementary school in Arras, B.C. Some of my many hobbies are dance, basketball, swimming, and traveling. I am interested in marine biology. I was really excited and honoured to receive the top junior award (grade 7-8) at the Northern B.C Regional Science Fair this year. I also received the B.C Nature Award for an outstanding natural history project. I was inspired to do my under-water sound scape project because of my interest in whales. I have been reading recently on how many more strandings there has been in the past couple of years because of environmental stresses, such as anthropogenic noise. I don’t live near the ocean, so I was wondering if this could also be happening with our fresh water species in Northern B.C. In further research I would like to start recording the sounds of my local fish such as the Northern Pike. For people interested in doing a science project I would say to always be confident and interested in what you want to do, and if your project goes further it could shape your future entirely.

Hollis Mattson

Underwater Soundscape
Region:Northern British Columbia
City:Dawson Creek, BC
School:Devereaux Elementary
Abstract:I was curious to find out if industrial activity in northeastern British Columbia was affecting the noise level underwater. Using an underwater microphone I found that out that industrial sites were significantly louder than non-industrial sites and could be affecting fish communication and/or behaviour. In the future I would like to get more advanced equipment to record fish noise and test their sensitivity to sound.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Junior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 000.00