[MARMAM] Passive Acoustic Technician Training Course - Second Announcement

Julie Oswald oswald.jn at gmail.com
Thu Dec 12 12:24:26 PST 2013

This is the second announcement for the Bio-Waves, Inc.Passive Acoustic
Technician training course (www.bio-waves.com/education), scheduled to
occur Monday, February 10th through Friday February 14th, 2014.  Places are
filling up quickly, so register soon!

This 4.5 day course combines lectures covering concepts,  theory and
methods with hands-on demonstrations and computer training.  The aim of the
course is to give participants a working knowledge of passive acoustic
hardware,  software and methods used to monitor marine mammals.  The
training course will familiarize individuals with passive acoustic
monitoring (PAM) equipment and best practices, as well as offer instruction
for troubleshooting and field repairs.  We will teach the basic skills
required to prepare individuals for work as passive acoustic field and post
processing technicians.  It will be held at the San Diego Supercomputer
Center on the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla,

The training course will include the following:

·         An introduction to the physics of underwater sound (lectures)

·         An introduction to marine mammal acoustics (lectures)

·         An introduction to PAM hardware such as hydrophones, sonobuoys
and autonomous recorders (lectures and demo)

·         Instruction on the design, setup, troubleshooting and repair of
towed hydrophone array systems (Demo and hands-on training)

·         Training in software used to detect, localize, and classify
sounds produced by marine mammals (lectures, computer laboratory work and

·         Training in software used to review and post-process acoustic
data (lectures and computer laboratory work)

·         Lectures on the role of passive acoustic methods in mitigation
and marine mammal monitoring

·         Lectures on best practices for effective acoustic data collection
and management

·         Guest lectures from subject area experts (e.g., scientists from
local research institutes such as UCSD’s Scripps Institution of
Oceanography presenting current research projects)

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have gained a working
knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of passive acoustic
system design, operations, and maintenance.  They will have had hands-on
experience with a variety of software programs commonly used during
real-time field operations and for data review and analysis.  Additionally,
participants will have performed specific tasks (e.g. repairing cables,
troubleshooting acoustic systems etc.), and will receive a set of materials
for reference in the field.

For those participants that are interested, we are pleased to offer course
credit for the training course through the University of California, San
Diego's Extension Program.  Four quarter units are available to those who
are interested via a separate UCSD application and fees.

To register or obtain more information about the course please visit (
www.bio-waves.com/education).  A $300 non-refundable deposit towards $1,450
total fee will be required to secure your position in the course, and a
minimum number of participants must be registered by Wednesday, January
8th, 2014 (deposits will be refunded if the minimum is not met prior to
this date and we will notify all registrants).  Limited space is available
at a discounted rate for groups or graduate students; discounts are
available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please contact
education at bio-waves.net with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you
this coming winter!

"If you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical
expression, go out and explore"

           -Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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