Sound Analysis Workshops

by Pat Leonard last modified 2014-03-27 11:26


The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a 5-day Sound Analysis Workshop, usually twice per year (maximum class size in each is 11). Workshops for 2014 have not yet been scheduled.

More than 110 students from around the world have taken the class since its inception four years ago. The curriculum focuses on sound spectrographic analysis techniques and how they can be applied to biological research. Raven and XBAT, which are sound analysis and visualization software tools developed at BRP, are used for instruction and analysis throughout the week. Most of the sessions are interactive (participants are provided with laptops with the necessary software installed). In addition, Dr. Christopher Clark, other staff, and guest scientists give presentations about their research in the field of sound analysis.

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

Topics include:

Basic principles: a practical view of spectrographic analysis

Applications: techniques used in large-scale monitoring programs and detailed analysis of specific vocalizations including samples submitted from our participants' research

Each workshop is tailored to the interests and requirements of the participants, based upon answers to a questionnaire we ask them to complete prior to arriving for the course. A sample schedule for the week is shown on the reverse side of the form. Limiting the class size to 10 participants allows us to give attention to each individual's needs.

Cornell Lab Pond ViewThe course is presented Monday through Friday in the Fuertes room of the beautiful Cornell Lab of Ornithology facility at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road in Ithaca, New York. The standard fee for the course is $1,300 US, but students enrolled in a degree program are eligible for a 20% discount. A deposit of $300 US is required to reserve a place. The fee includes lunches, a one-year Raven license (for use before and after the workshop), and a black-and-white hard copy of the Raven manual. Participants are responsible for their transportation, accommodation, and meals other than lunch. A range of accommodations is available nearby.

More details about the workshop are available on this PDF document. If you have further questions please contact Liz Rowland,, Tel. +1 (607) 254-2136.

Cornell Lab photo by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes