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Bioacoustics for ecologists: Hardware, Survey design and Data analysis (BIAC01)

Oliver Hooker, February 1, 2019
 

Bioacoustics for ecologists: Hardware, Survey design and Data analysis (BIAC01)

https://www.prstatistics.com/course/bioacoustics-for-ecologists-hardware-survey-design-and-data-analysis-biac01/

This course will run form the 4th - 8th March 2019 in Glasgow City Centre and will be delivered by Carlos Abrahams and Paul Howden-Leach.

Course Overview: This course will introduce and explain the different applications for bioacoustics to answer ecological questions. Starting with a detailed overview of the correct and most efficient methods of data collecting in the field, this course will then go on to show delegates cutting edge methods for analysing and interpreting different types of bioacoustic data.

By the end of this 5-day practical course, attendees will have the capacity to set up and deploy recording devices, download acoustic data, how to analyse this data and report the results.

Bioacoustic methods are becoming increasingly recognised as a valuable approach for ecological surveying. Bioacoustics can be used to effectively replace some current techniques whilst increasing the quality of the data collected or can be used in unison to compliment them. They are particularly useful for developing long-term, permanent datasets that can be independently reviewed, particularly for rare species with low detectability, or when working in difficult environments.

The course will provide a practical introduction to bioacoustics methods, with a mix of lectures and practical workshops, and some optional fieldwork. It will start with a basic introduction to sound and recording theory, before developing hands-on skills in setting-up and deploying a range of acoustic and ultrasonic audio recorders. Workshops will then cover the download and analysis of audio data, mainly using Kaleidoscope Pro and Audacity software. The processed audio data will then be analysed and presented using R, the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/).

Example data sets will mostly cover applications for bat and bird surveys, as well as the use of Acoustic Indices as biodiversity metrics. If you are working in different areas of ecology using bioacoustics please feel free to contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com so we can advise if the learning outcomes are transferable to your field of research.

Monday 4th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30 INTRO AND SOUND PROPERTIES Introduction to the course: People on the course Course coverage Resources and references Introduction to bioacoustics: What is sound? Emission and propagation Biological, geological and climate sounds What are ecoacoustics, bioacoustics and soundscape ecology? Acoustic niche hypothesis Uses for bioacoustics: Studying species and populations Studying animal behaviour Studying acoustic communities

Tuesday 5th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30 FIELDWORK DATA COLLECTION AND STORAGE Hardware and its use in acoustic surveys and monitoring: Detectors and microphones – choosing and using equipment Statics vs handheld recording Acoustic vs. ultrasound Field sensor setup – practical considerations Testing, calibration and maintenance Recording programmes Survey design Storing and managing audio data and meta data Existing guidance – WWF, BCT, etc Sound reception: microphones, hydrophones, and frequency sensitivity Digital sound recording Limitations and emerging opportunities in hardware and sensor deployment Practical workshops – setup and deployment

Wednesday 6th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30 ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS Signal processing and frequency analysis Analysis tools for acoustic data Conducting further statistical analyses Limitations and emerging opportunities in acoustic data analysis Practical workshops – using Kaleidoscope for bats and birds

Thursday 7th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30 DATA INTERPRETATION Integrating with stats (R) /QGIS Practical workshops – using R/QGIS for interpretation of Kaleidoscope results

Friday 8th – Classes from 09:30 to 16:00 Roundup/conclusions Discussion of delegate own projects/data During the course there will be optional evening/morning field trips arranged to carry out acoustic recording Please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com with any enquiries

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