November 2-4, 2022, QUT, Brisbane, Australia

Rationale & Goal

Australia’s biodiversity crisis necessitates urgent action to deliver broad-scale monitoring and management of threatened species and ecosystems. Acoustic monitoring is set to revolutionise this by capturing a permanent, direct, scalable and objective record of the environment. But, managing and analysing big acoustic data is difficult; data, analyses, analysis tools effort and expertise need to be shared. Furthermore, we have no standard protocols and methods for acoustic monitoring.

This is the fourth in a series of successful ecoacoustics meetings at QUT (2017, 2018, 2020). This symposium will cover science through to practice, and aims to:

  • Bring together researchers and practitioners who use ecoacoustics in conservation to share knowledge;
  • Provide training in ecoacoustics data analysis tools and techniques;
  • Promote open science and sharing of data and analyses tools;
  • Network, collaborate and advance the research field of ecoacoustics.

The primary focus of this symposium is on ecoacoustic applications in conservation and monitoring of audible terrestrial fauna.

Attendance cost

  • Early bird (closing 30 September): $150 full price / $130 student
  • Late registrations (final registration 2 November): $170 full price / $150 student
  • Register here.

We are still accepting submissions for posters. For information on submissions, please go here.


QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

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Presentations and Posters

List of all presentations and posters here.


An overview of the program is displayed below. The full program can be found here.

Wednesday 2 November

Morning Session

B Block, Level 1, Room 117

8.00 to 8.45am

Registration and Coffee

8.45 to 9.05am

Welcome to Country by Uncle Cheg

9.05 to 9.15am

Introduction by A/Prof Susan Fuller and Prof Paul Roe

9.15 to 9.30am

Official opening by Prof Hugh Possingham, Queensland Chief Scientist and Professor at UQ

Session 1

Chaired by Dr Daniella Teixera, B Block, Level 1, Room 117

9.30 to 9.50am

Keynote Presentation, “Unlocking the secrets of bird migration in Australia” by Prof Rich Fuller, University of Queensland

9.50 to 10.40am

Speed talks 

  • Geoff Smith “Post the wallum-heath wildfires of 2019-20 in SEQ: what did acoustic detection show about eastern ground parrots?” 
  • Saskia Gerhardy “Acoustic monitoring for drought response: Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) detections in the South Australian semi arid rangelands” 
  • Lin Schwarzkopf “Our journey to extracting species lists from long-term recordings by the Australian Acoustic Observatory” 
  • Aaron Grinter “Improved conservation outcomes for the critically endangered Plains-wanderer through bioacoustic analysis of landscape-scale population dynamics” 

10.40 to 11.00am

Morning Tea, D Block concourse open area

Session 2

Chaired by Dr Kellie Vella, B Block, Level 1, Room 117

11.00 to 11.20am

Keynote Presentation, “Building a continuum of community engagement in ecoacoustic monitoring” by Dr Karen Rowe, Museum of Victoria

11.20 to 12.10pm

Speed talks 

  • Daniella Teixeira “Acoustic occupancy monitoring of threatened glossy black-cockatoos in bushfire-affected south-east Queensland” 
  • Berndt van Rensburg “Assessing acoustic competition between sibling frog species using rhythm analysis” 
  • Rob Clemens “The potential for ecoacoustic data to transform our understanding of species distributions” 
  • Susan Campbell “Application of remote acoustic detection technology enhances wildlife management” 

12.10pm to 1.00pm

Lunch, D Block concourse open area

Lunchtime workshop with Frontier Labs, D block, room 101

1.00pm to 3.30pm 

Workshops, S Block, Level 6, Rooms 636/637

Workshop A

Room S636

Ecoacoustics Basics – Dr Michael Towsey, Callan Alexander, Marina Scarpelli and Dr Anthony Truskinger

This workshop is designed for students and those new to ecoacoustics methods. This 2-hour workshop will cover the nature of sound, sound recording and recorders, sound representation (files, formats and manipulation), playing sound and basic effects and analyses (filtering, plotting, and more), freely available tools, calculating and interpreting acoustic indices, and false-colour spectrograms. The workshop is broken up into five hands on sessions: 

  • Sound basics 
  • Sound recording and labelling 
  • Acoustic indices 
  • Sound file wrangling 


Workshop B

Room S637

Best practice monitoring of Australian terrestrial vertebrates using ecoacoustic field surveys – facilitated by A/Prof Susan Fuller and Dr Daniella Teixeira

The objective of this workshop is to create a best practice guideline for terrestrial ecoacoustic surveys in Australia. A diverse range of practitioners from non-profit, government and academic sectors will be invited to contribute their experiences. This will ensure that outputs are relevant to real-world monitoring. The intention is to publish the workshop’s findings as a peer-reviewed paper, but also to work with relevant stakeholders (government and non-profit organisations) to help encourage the adoption of best practice methods. 

3.30 to 4pm 

Afternoon Tea, D Block concourse open area

4pm to 5pm

Meet the Experts Panel, B Block, Level 1, Room 117

Join Prof Almo Farina, Prof Jerome Sueur, Dr Alice Eldridge and Dr Amandine Gasc for this informal and interactive discussion on 1) what motivated them to become involved in Ecoacoustics research, 2) what their current research interests are and the big questions they want to investigate and 3) what challenges exist and future innovations and research direction are needed to address them. Facilitated by A/Prof Susan Fuller


Dinner at the The Ship Inn

(Please note: dinner is ‘buy your own’ and is not included in registration fee)

Thursday 3 November

8.30 to 9.00am 

Coffee and registration, Z block, level 4 Atrium

Session 3

Chaired by Assoc Prof Susan Fuller, Z Block, Level 4, Room 401

9.00 to 9.20am

Keynote Presentation – “Acoustics for Conservation” by Dr Michael Towsey & Dr Liz Znidersic

9.20 to 10.10am

Speed talks 

  • Sheryn Brodie “Bridging bioacoustics and ecoacoustics: revealing ecological patterns in a chorusing frog community” 
  • Dominique Potvin “Effects of ecotourist noise on an avian community: a case study from a UNESCO world heritage site” 
  • Elisa Girola “Long-term acoustic monitoring of Australian ecosystems” 
  • Simon Linke “Biosecurity: Early detection and community change monitoring using passive acoustics”  
  • Mohammad Abdur Razzaque Sarker “Chorusing behaviour of frog communities in response to environmental flow in Gwydir River catchment, Australia” 

10.10 to 10.40am

Morning Tea, Z Block, Level 4, Atrium

Session 4

Chaired by Prof Paul Roe, Z Block, Level 4, Room 401

10.40 to 11.00am

Keynote Presentation, “A Tutorial for DIY Ecoacoustic International Programs” by Dr Amandine Gasc

11.00 to 12.00pm

Speed talks 

  • Leroy Gonsalvez “Considerations for landscape monitoring of forest fauna using acoustics” 
  • Peter Griffioen “Progressing deep learning species call recognition from a research topic to an everyday tool” 
  • Brad Law “Using acoustic arrays to cost-effectively estimate density” 
  • David Watson & Liz Znidersic “Acoustic restoration: Using soundscapes to benchmark and fast-track recovery of ecological communities”
  • Paul McDonald “Linking acoustic indices with avian biodiversity on the New England Tablelands: a cautionary tale from a multi-year dataset” 

12pm to 1pm

Lunch, Z Block, Level 4, Atrium

Lunchtime workshop with Wildlife Acoustics, Z block, Level 4, Room 401

Afternoon Session

S Block, Level 6, Rooms 636/637

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Birds of a Feather – Participant-generated informal discussions based on mutual interests. Facilitated by Prof Paul Roe 

We will begin the session by asking participants to nominate a topic of interest for discussion/research area or collaboration that they would like to develop. Topic proposers move to different tables and the rest of the participants move around the room to converse. This is a free-form session -we particularly encourage early-career researchers to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with the vast range of experts attending the symposium.

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Open Ecoacoustics demo

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Discussion – Ecoacoustics Network, Facilitated by A/Prof Susan Fuller & Dr Daniella Teixeira

Do we need an Australian Ecoacoustics Network? Acoustic monitoring is revolutionising how we survey biodiversity; providing a permanent, direct, and objective record of the environment. Ecoacoustics offers a solution for scalable ecosystem monitoring and initiatives such as the A2O will contribute towards a national ecosystem observatory capability (2016 Roadmap).  From a research perspective, Ecoacoustics is now recognised and respected as a scientific field of inquiry.  But, how do we put Ecoacoustics on the National agenda? 

3.30pm to 5.00pm

Poster Session & Reception – Drinks & Networking, P Block, the Cube

  • Yasara de Mel “Using acoustic data to resolve species boundaries in lyrebirds, the masters of mimicry” 
  • Callan Alexander “Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring and Deep Learning Tools to Detect a Cryptic Threatened Owl (Ninox strenua)” 
  • Marina Scarpelli “Continental scale biodiversity assessment through combined acoustic and satellite remote sensing” 
  • Stephen Molan “Measuring frog communities with acoustic sensing across a sub-tropical urban matrix” 
  • Lana Prior “Vocalisation patterns of the Eastern Ground Parrot (Pezoporus wallicus wallicus) and implications for acoustic monitoring efforts” 
  • Thomas Napier “Species Classification Using Deep Learning Signal Processing Techniques in Large-Scale Natural Soundscapes” 

Friday 4 November

All day hands-on workshopMake Your Own Recogniser* – facilitated by Dr Philip Eichinski and Dr Lance De Vine, P Block, Level 4, Room 413/413A

8.30 to 9.00am

Coffee, P413

9.00am to 12.00pm

Train Your Recogniser, P413A

12.00pm to 1.00pm

Lunch, P413

1.00pm to 3.00pm

Test and Validate Your Recognizer, P413A

*Participant numbers limited, submission of EOI required.

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