Bioacoustics for ecologists: Hardware, Survey design and Data analysis (BIAC02)
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22nd - 24th March 2022
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 email@example.com so we can advise if the learning outcomes are transferable to your field of research.
Tuesday 22nd Classes from 09:30 – 17:30
SESSION 1 – INTRO TO ACOUSTIC DATA (AND METADATA)
SESSION 2 – ANALYSING BAT DATA USING KALEIDOSCOPE
Wednesday 23rd – Classes from 09:30 – 17:30
SESSION 3 – ANALYSING ACOUSTIC DATA USING R
SESSION 4 – INTERPRETING ACOUSTIC DATA
Thursday 24th – Classes from 09:30 – 17:30
SESSION 5 –ACOUSTIC INDICES USING R/KALEIDOSCOPE
SESSION 6 –SPATIAL ACOUSTIC DATA AND COURSE ROUND-UP