Sound Analysis Workshop

We offer a five-day introductory-level Sound Analysis Workshop, usually twice per year. The workshop is intended primarily for biologists interested in analysis, visualization, and measurement of animal sounds. The workshop covers basic principles of spectrographic analysis and measurement of animal sounds, as well as specific tools and techniques in Raven Pro, a sound analysis application program developed by BRP. Watch a 5-minute video illustrating one type of analysis covered in the Sound Analysis Workshop.

The dates of the next workshop are 2-6 October 2017. 

A limited number of partial scholarships for participants from developing countries are available for the October 2017 workshop. Further details about scholarships available here.

If you’d like to attend the next workshop, please complete a brief questionnaire about your interests in bioacoustics. We use your responses to ensure that there is a good match between your interests and needs and the content of the workshop. We will contact you within a few days about whether the workshop appears to be appropriate for your needs.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 350 participants from 32 countries have taken the class, with basic and applied research interests in the sounds of birds, marine mammals, bats and other terrestrial mammals, frogs, insects, and fish.

The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow participants on your sound analysis research and to develop new contacts with staff and researchers in the Bioacoustics Research Program.

One-on-one sessions with a participant.

Workshop Content and Format

The first three days of the workshop consist mainly of lectures, demos, discussions, and hands-on exercises covering general principles and specific techniques in Raven Pro. In the last two days we focus on review and follow-up of this core material and on specific needs and interests of the participants, in both small-group and individualized consultation sessions. Limiting the class size to 11 participants allows us to give attention to each individual’s needs. Throughout the week, guest presentations by Cornell and visiting researchers illustrate diverse applications of analysis principles and techniques discussed in the workshop.

Read a more detailed outline of the topics covered in the workshop. (PDF)

Registration and Logistics

The course is presented at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York.

The standard fee for the course is $1,400, but students enrolled in a degree program are eligible for the discount rate of $1,050. A deposit of $300 is required to reserve a place. The fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch for five days, a one-year license for Raven Pro, and a hard copy of the Raven Pro User’s Manual. (Students may renew the Raven license for as long as they remain students.) Participants are responsible for their transportation, accommodation, and meals other than lunch. A range of accommodations is available nearby. Deposits for the October workshop will be accepted beginning 30 July.

Information about traveling to Ithaca and local accommodations. (PDF)

Workshop registration is open to anyone. However, we ask that potential participants first complete a brief online questionnaire about interests and background, in order to ensure a good match between workshop content and participant interests.

Participants are expected to provide their own Windows or Mac laptop.

Contact Information

If have further questions about the Sound Analysis Workshop please contact Liz Rowland.