Sound Science in the Media

Read about Sound Science's research in the New York Times.

March 7, 2021

Dr. Fournet explains the dependence of whales on acoustics in the Overheard at National Geographic podcast episode "The Canary of the Sea."

July 21, 2020

Sound Science's research is featured in this article by National Geographic.

July 15, 2020

Sound Science's research is cited and Dr. Fournet is quoted in this piece by the Narwhal.

April 19, 2020

Listen to Dr. Fournet on episode 401 of 99 Percent Invisible, "The Natural Experiment."

Read about Sound Science's COVID-19 research in this article from the Atlantic.

April 2, 2020

From The Atlantic. Barry Wilmore, NASA

Dr. Fournet is quoted in this article by Science Magazine.

February 18, 2020

Dr. Fournet's research was featured in this article in Scientific American.

February 18, 2020

Dr. Fournet published this opinion piece in Ecology and Evolution.

October 23, 2018

Dr. Fournet's 2012 field team in Frederick Sound, Alaska.

Listen to Dr. Fournet speak about her research on Radio New Zealand.

September 28, 2018

Dr. Fournet's research was featured in this article by Hakai Magazine.

May 14, 2018

Watch Sound Science co-founders Dr. Fournet and Dr. Matthews conduct humpback and harbor seals research in Glacier Bay in this video by PBS's Indie Alaska.

September 8, 2016


In 2019, our Sound Science team members spent a grueling field season in Frederick Sound, Alaska doing a particularly difficult playback experiment. Our goal was to determine what the function of a humpback whale call actually is. Simply put, we were trying to understand what the whale is saying when it calls.

We were joined in the field by a documentary filmmaker Drew Xanthopoulos. He directed and filmed “Fathom”, a film aimed not just at glorifying humpback whales, but at understanding whales and the biologists who risk everything to study them. For our part, Drew followed us through the field as we conducted our research. In watching the film you can see what the process (warts and all) of doing this work actually looks and feels like. We are extremely proud to announce that Fathom premiered at the Tribeca Film festival on June 16, 2021, and will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on June 25, 2021.

The trailer for the film Fathom, premiering on Apple TV+ on June 25, 2021.

Fathom will also be playing in select theaters:

Village East – New York, NY
Monica Film Center – Los Angeles, CA
Roxy Theater – Missoula, MT
Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael, CA
Heritage Theater – Sandwich, MA
City Lights Theater – Georgetown, TX

Fathom premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. From left to right: Executive Producer Andrea Meditch, Producer Megan Gilbride, Director Drew Xanthopoulos, Director Dr. Michelle Fournet, Assistant Director Dr. Leanna Matthews, and Research Associate Natalie Mastick Jensen.

To read about Fathom and hear more from our founder, Michelle, check out the links below.

Listen to Dr. Michelle Fournet and Director Drew Xanthopoulos on All of It with Alison Stewart on WYNC.

Read about the integral Maggie Knight’s experience in the field during the filming of Fathom in this article from LSU. gives the film 3.5/4 stars in this glowing review.

Producer Megan Gilbride and Director Drew Xanthopoulos are interviewed for this piece in the Austin Chronicle.

Watch Director Drew Xanthopoulos’ interview with Samantha B. of Kids First below. Make sure to watch Samantha’s 5 star review video, as well!