Bioacoustics for ecologists: Hardware, Survey design and Data analysis (BIAC01)
1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019£275.00 - £480.00
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.
This course is suitable for anyone working with bioacoustics from those in academia, conservation biologists and persons in industry and government.
Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google map
Availability – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English
We offer COURSE ONLY and ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES;
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner Monday evening, farewell dinner Thursday evening, refreshments and accommodation. Self-catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approximately a 6-minute walk from the PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 3rd March (after 5pm) and departure Friday 8th March (accommodation must be vacated by 9am).
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Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact email@example.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.
Dr. Carlos Abrahams
There will be morning lectures based on the modules outlined in the course timetable. In the afternoon there will be practicals based on the topics covered that morning. Data sets for computer practicals will be provided by the instructors, but participants are welcome to bring their own data.
Assumed quantitative knowledge
A basic understanding of statistical concepts. Specifically, generalised linear regression models, statistical significance, hypothesis testing.
Assumed computer background
Familiarity with R. Ability to import/export data, manipulate data frames, fit basic statistical models & generate simple exploratory and diagnostic plots.
Equipment and software requirements
A laptop/personal computer with a working version or R and RStudio installed. R and RStudio are supported by both PC and MAC and can be downloaded for free by following these links.
It is essential that you come with all necessary software and packages already installed (you will be sent a list of packages prior to the course) internet access may not always be available.
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Meet at 43 Cook Street, Glasgow, G5 8JN at approx. 17:00 onwards
Monday 4th – Classes from 09:30 to 17:30
INTRO AND SOUND PROPERTIES
Introduction to the course:
People on the course
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
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
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
Integrating with stats (R) /QGIS
Practical workshops – using R/QGIS for interpretation of Kaleidoscope results
Friday 8th – Classes from 09:30 to 16:00
Discussion of delegate own projects/data
During the course there will be optional evening/morning field trips arranged to carry out acoustic recording
The instructors were excellent and clearly were the reasons for my previous comments. They both combined a deep understanding of statistics and ecology at the same level.Any questions or queries I’ve had, were thus first answered with an ecological point of view and then translated into statistical consideration thereby making much more sense on both side.In addition the course was very well organised, the course director and the two instructors were very friendly as well as professional. On the top of learning many useful things, I’ve also had a very good time during the week there.” Clement Garcia,
Spatial ecologist, Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), England
(Attended ADVR course)