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Bird song and bat chatter: mapping acoustic biodiversity

Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Susan Fuller
Position
Senior Lecturer in Ecology
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Catherine Leigh
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Stuart Parsons
Position
Head of School, EEBS
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Erin Peterson
Position
Principal Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Paul Roe
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

This project seeks to map hotspots and hot moments of local biodiversity, based on acoustic monitoring of birds and bats.

An aligned goal is to explore relationships between different acoustic metrics to better understand the relationships between wildlife and the natural and built environments.

The project has a number of opportunities with different aspects for you to choose from, depending on your interests and expertise.

Research activities

Research activities include:

  • deploying acoustic recorders in the field to collect acoustic data
  • designing the experiment
  • analysing and mapping the acoustic data
  • relating acoustic data to features in the landscape (natural and built environments) that support local biodiversity hotspots and hot moments.

Outcomes

We expect to create a map showing where and when acoustic biodiversity hotspots and hot moments occur and learn more about the relationships between local wildlife and the natural and built environments.

Individual students will work on different parts of the project depending on their interests and expertise.

Skills and experience

To be considered for the project you will need a background and interest in ecology and/or data science

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

Contact the supervisor for more information.