Ecoacoustics For Conservation Workshop 2020

11-12 February 2020, QUT, Brisbane, Australia

Aims and purpose

Large areas of Australia are experiencing sustained anthropogenic pressure, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Increased threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, human-wildlife conflict, invasive species, climate change, etc, are leading to increased species endangerment and loss of ecosystem structure and function. As a result, monitoring of ecosystem health and biodiversity across temporal and spatial scales is a critical priority. Innovations in ecoacoustic technology and big data analysis approaches have the potential to address this challenge and deliver conservation outcomes.

Ecoacoustics can be applied in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) ecosystems and to questions relevant to individual species, populations, or species assemblages across landscapes.  The aim of this workshop is to explore current and future research opportunities in ecoacoustics with a focus on ecological applications in conservation. The primary focus is on terrestrial monitoring of audible fauna.

The goal of the first day’s workshop is to investigate how we might bring together interested parties to address the open challenges and opportunities of ecoacoustic monitoring for conservation.  The second day is a tutorial on using the open source sound analysis tools developed at QUT, including acoustic indices.

Attendance cost is $65 including GST. If you would like to attend please register here.

Note: The workshop is open to all with a focus on real world applications; however, talks are by invitation only.

Location: The workshop will be held in D Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

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The program (subject to change) is displayed below:

Day1: Tuesday 11th Feb

Opportunities and Challenges of Acoustic Monitoring

Rooms D101 and B117

8:30-9:15Registration and Coffee – D101
9:15-9:30Welcome & Introduction – Paul and Susan – B117
9:30-10:30Talks  (B117) – Targeted Monitoring of Threatened Species
9.30-9:35Dave Watson “Of needles and haystacks: using false colour spectrograms to detect nomadic species in long duration acoustic datasets”
9:35-9:40Danielle Teixeira “Monitoring breeding of threatened black-cockatoos using bioacoustics”
9:40-9:45Sean Fitzgibbon “Can koala bellows be reliably used to inform conservation and management?”
9:45-9:50Sarah Comer “Acoustic monitoring to monitor landscape occupancy and population trends of a critically endangered parrot”
10:00-10:05Brad Law “What can acoustics tell us about koala populations?”
10:05-10:10Paul Roe “Australian Acoustic Observatory”
10:10-10:15Brendan Doohan “Acoustic monitoring of bird assemblages reveals the conservation value of regrowth Acacia woodlands”
10:15-10:20Stuart Parsons “Social signals, mating systems and endangered bat”
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:00Talks – Targeted Monitoring, Species Assemblages & Ecosystem Health
11:00-11:05Jo Deretic “Using ecoacoustics in the environmental water space”
11:05-11:10David Tucker “Linking ecological condition and the soundscape in fragmented Australian forests”
11:10-11:15Karen Rowe “Acoustic surveys significantly improve detection of the critically endangered Plains-wanderer”
11:15-11:20Lin Schwarzkopf “Implementing Acoustic Methods for Conservation: Cane Toads and Black Throated Finches”
11:30-11:35Berndt van Rensberg “Challenges for the acoustic monitoring of wallum sedgefrogs”
11:35-11:40Harry Hines “Acoustic monitoring of the critically endangered Kroombit tinkerfrog”
11:40-11:45Liz Znidersic “Sounds from the swamp — monitoring cryptic marsh birds”
11:45-11:50Simon Linke “Ecoacoustics for freshwater monitoring”
12:00-1:00   12:25-1:00Lunch (provided) – D Block Concourse (outside D101) Wildlife Acoustics Talk (35mn), D101. Title: Introducing the New Song Meter Mini
1:00-3:00Facilitated workshop to identify common challenges and opportunities: break into groups & come together Facilitator: Mark Gibbs (QUT IFE, Director of Industry Engagement)
3:00-3:30Coffee break
3:30-4:30Hub or centre proposal to address challenges
4:30-5:00Wrap up & next steps
5:30-7:00Complimentary Reception – P Block Terrace, Level 6

Day 2: Wednesday 12th Feb

Sound Analysis using QUT Ecoacoustic Tools

Rooms D101 

This workshop will present a practical approach to using the QUT Ecoacoustics tools to analyse environmental recordings. The workshop is targeted at users who are interested in understanding the different approaches to analysing sound data, and how to use the QUT Ecoacoustics tools. Ideally participants should have some familiarity with R and using a computer from the command line. The workshop will start at the beginning and it will cover the basics of sound, sound recording, sound file manipulation and sound analysis. A hands on approach will be taken, with participants analysing sound from the Australian Acoustic Observatory. All the tools and data used will be open source including the QUT analysis tools. Participants need to bring their own laptop.

Facilitators: Michael Towsey, Phil Eichinski, Anthony Truskinger and Marina D. A. Scarpelli

8:00-9:00Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:30Theory of Audio
10:30-11:00Coffee break
11:00-11:15Introduction to AP.exe
11:15-11:45Generating spectrograms
11:45-12:25Acoustic Indices and FC spectrograms
12:25-1:30   12:55-1:30Lunch (provided) Frontier Labs Talk (35mn), D101. Title: 3D Localisation of Sound Sources
1:30-2:15Generating false-colour spectrograms
2:15-2:30Recogniser Theory
2:30-3:00Using AP.exe GenericRecogniser
3:00-3:30Cofffe break
3:30-4:15Post-processing AP.exe results
4:15-5:00Question time/break out/one-on-one help

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