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Koala census using acoustics

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Professor Paul Roe
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Koalas have a characteristic bellow. For several years the Ecoacoustics team at QUT (www.ecosounds.org) has been working with koala researchers to understand koala bellowing behaviour and to use acoustics for monitoring koalas. An interesting idea is to use acoustic recorders sent through the post for koala monitoring by different landholders.

Research activities

There are several possible projects ranging from ecological projects to understanding koala bellowing behaviour, to developing novel monitoring protocols, to developing citizen science techniques for acoustic monitoring of koalas, to robust sound analysis techniques for recognising koala bellowing and potentially recognising different koalas through their bellows.

Outcomes

Outcomes could include software, tools, models or techniques for koala census and papers. These might be technical, statistical or qualitative e.g. about citizen science and keeping landholders engaged in acoustic monitoring.

Skills and experience

This project would suit ecologist, computer science, citizen science or HCI students interested in koalas and how to monitor them.

Scholarships

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

Annual scholarship round

Contact

Contact the supervisor for more information.