BioacousTalks is your bi-weekly gathering for learning about advances in passive acoustic monitoring and connecting with a global community of practitioners. In these sessions, invited speakers present new methods and tools, share noteworthy case studies, and lead discussions about unresolved topics in our field. This talk series is hosted by K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bioacoustics is better when done together. Hope you can join us.
What is the BioacousTalks?
BioacousTalks is your bi-weekly gathering with a vibrant community interested in biodiversity passive acoustic monitoring. We invite speakers to present new acoustic methods and analysis tools, and engage in hot-button discussion topics in our field. This series started several years ago and we’ve now had dozens of fun sessions. It is hosted by the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and open to all who are interested in participating.
When and where?
We meet every two weeks over Zoom, usually at 10:30 AM EST. We would eagerly welcome new participants, especially those from different countries in order to foster an open and connected PAM community and benefit from a diversity of experiences and perspectives.
How to join?
Here’s a permanent link to signing-up to our mailing list. You will receive a zoom invitation for the meetings and information of the upcoming presentation in your email.
Who will be speaking next?
In this section of our website or scrolling below, you will find the next BioacousTalks speakers.
Can I access previous sessions?
You can access all previous sessions whose speakers gave permission to record and share in this section.
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Juan Sebastián Cañas, Maria Paula Toro, Juan Sebastián Ulloa | Machine Learning for Tropical Acoustic Monitoring: Challenges and Opportunities
July 11th, 9:00am (Register here)
In this talk, we will examine the intricate choruses of tropical anurans, using them as a case study to investigate the challenges of automated signal classification through deep learning. Additionally, we will explore collaboration prospects in passive acoustic monitoring, emphasizing the importance of fostering a culture of open data sharing. Particularly, we will focus on the significance of publishing datasets to establish a stronger connection between the realms of ecoacoustics and engineering, enabling enhanced synergy and knowledge exchange.
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Sound Forest | Lab Soundscapes in Conservation of Tropical Forests and Beyond
June 27th, 10:30am
We will talk about how our lab uses soundscapes and bioacoustics to investigate which conservation strategies work for biodiversity protection in tropical forests, from Sierra Leone to Mexico, through Gabon, with a detour to California. We will also describe a new collaborative project, Soundscape Baselines for Biodiversity, which is a partnership with scientists in countries with tropical forests who want to record their soundscapes for one year and help conservation efforts.
Ecoacoustics are often presented as an innovative method for monitoring biodiversity and environmental phenomena non-invasively. Indeed, soundscapes are recorded across aquatic and terrestrial realms, and a multitude of methods and equipment exists for recording and analysing organismal and environmental sounds. We summarize the state of research in different biomes and highlight approaches used for tackling technical and scientific challenges as well as limitations of passive acoustic monitoring. We introduce opportunities for macro-ecological approaches to uncover worldwide ecoacoustic trends and complete the overview with a visual and acoustic peek into soundscapes from different biomes to hear what they reveal about the natural environment and human activities.
My current research develops creative and computational approaches to experimental ecologies in science and art. In ecoacoustics I am interested in developing dynamical approaches and integrating ethnographic and computational methods; In Creative Music Technology I am interested in feedback musicianship as a kind of human technology to advance our appreciation of complex systems and develop compassion.
I’m a community ecologist working broadly interested in ecological stability and its drivers under global environmental change. To address fundamental and applied questions concerning ecological responses to global change, I integrate theory and data analyses, freshwater mesocosm experiments, and passive acoustic monitoring of terrestrial soundscapes.
Carly is a PhD Candidate in primatology at the City University of New York (CUNY)’s Graduate Center. Her dissertation research uses passive acoustic monitoring and machine learning to survey Critically Endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur populations in the southeastern rainforests of Madagascar. She is also the Science Outreach Coordinator at Rainforest Connection.
Tom Denton | Google Research
April 4th 12:30pm (recording not available)
I’m a mathematician, teacher, musician, art-school drop out, cooperative-type, and probably some other things, too. These days I spend my days as a Machine Educator with one of the big Machine Education firms, since 2014. (All thoughts and feels expressed on this site are my own, so I prefer not to name my employer here.) As of 2019, I’m working on audio machine learning to improve low-bandwidth communications. And in my spare time, I work on bird song classification.