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  • The Right Tool for the Job

    Acoustic ecology is a complex field, made simpler by the use of equipment that is (1) sturdy, (2) small, (3) portable, and (4) affordable. During my master’s degree, I remember a professor saying that oceanographers prided themselves on sinking heavy expensive equipment to the bottom of the ocean. In my second year as a wildlife... See More

  • Catching up on the latest in bioacoustics – 4th International Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals

    Recently Daniela and I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to convene with researchers from all over the world at the 4th International Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals. The symposium brought together the international community of researchers and students working on a variety of topics related to how animals produce, perceive, and... See More

  • Field Notes: Recording Dawn Chorus in the British Countryside

    It’s approaching 5am and still almost completely dark in the woodlands outside of Oxfordshire, UK. I am wading through waist-high undergrowth in my waterproof field gear, trying to be as silent as possible. Angling my map so that it is illuminated in the moonlight, I confirm I’m in the right location, then sit down on... See More

  • Acoustics ’17 Boston

    Observations from the 173rd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 25–29 June 2017 Holger, Aaron, Danielle, Bobbi, and I traveled to Boston, MA to attend the 173rd meeting of Acoustical Society of America. Three of us presented work on density estimation of animal populations using autonomous, underwater gliders and floats (Danielle), fish vocalization and ocean... See More

  • All Aboard the Maryland Research Cruise

    As a research analyst at BRP, I certainly spend much of my time in the office, analyzing acoustic data sets to investigate the seasonal occurrence and distribution of marine and terrestrial species. However, every once in a while, I get the opportunity to venture into the field to collect data first-hand. Most recently, I boarded the... See More