Field Recording and Analysis of Biological Sounds for Research and Conservation

Increasingly, acoustic recordings are used to address a variety of basic and 
applied questions about the biology of acoustically active animal taxa. 
Although equipment for recording and software for analyzing animal sounds are 
more readily available than ever before, few opportunities exist for biologists 
to learn how to use the equipment and software appropriately. This two-week 
field-based course is intended for scientists at any career stage, including 
students, interested in applying bioacoustic methods to research in fields such 
as behavioral ecology, taxonomy, distribution, and conservation biology of 
birds, anurans, bats, insects, marine mammals, fish, and other acoustically 
active animals.

The course aims to provide participants with practical skills in digital audio 
recording in the field, and in appropriate use of acoustic analysis software to 
visualize and extract information relevant to a variety of research or 
conservation questions. The course provides all of the conceptual background 
needed to support these skills. In addition to covering best practices for 
recording and analysis of animal sounds, we also discuss the limitations of 
acoustic methods and realistic expectations for these techniques. Throughout 
the course, we emphasize how to avoid common pitfalls and errors both in 
recording and analysis.
Each day is comprised of several hours of early-morning field recording 
followed by lectures/discussions and hands-on exercises in the afternoon. After 
learning basic field recording and analysis skills, course participants will 
plan and execute a short research project, either in small groups or 
individually, that involves making recordings in the field, then analyzing 
those recordings to answer a specific research question.

Dates:  May 1-12, 2017

Instructors:  Greg Budney and Russ Charif, of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Location:  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation 
campus<>, located on 
the grounds of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, 
Virginia, USA

Course Costs
The total cost for this two-week course is $2925.50 (Course fee of $2100 + 
Housing and Dining Package of $825.50). Those applying as citizens of 
“less-developed” nations qualify for a reduced course fee of $1200, making the 
total cost including housing (shared double room) and dining package $2025.50.
Course fee includes:

  *   Registration fees
  *   Instruction, course manual, and other course materials
  *   Airport pick-up and drop-off shuttle service at Dulles International 
Airport (IAD)
  *   Transportation for course activities
  *   Daily full-service buffet-style dining at the SMSC Dining 
  *   Housing at the SMSC Residential 
including a shared room with bathroom

Further Information
Further details about the course and links to the online application are 

Reply via email to