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

1st July 2019 - 5th July 2019

£275.00 – £480.00

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.

Intended Audience

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


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments and welcome meal Monday evening.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and welcome dinner Monday evening. 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 30th June (between 17:00-21:00) and departure Friday 5th July (accommodation must be vacated by 09:15).

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

PLEASE READ – 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 oliverhooker@prstatistics.com. Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that a course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund of the course fees (and accommodation fees if booked through PR statistics) will be credited. However, PR statistics will not be held responsible/liable for any travel fees, accommodation costs or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation. Because of this PR statistics strongly recommends any travel and accommodation that is booked by you or your institute is refundable/flexible and to delay booking your travel and accommodation as close the course start date as economical viable.

Paul Howden-Leach

Dr. Carlos Abrahams

Teaching Format
Course Programme


1st July 2019
5th July 2019
£275.00 – £480.00


PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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£ 275.00
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£ 480.00