[MARMAM] Short Course on Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics at the Victoria ASA Meeting, 4-5 Nov. 2018

Shane Guan - NOAA Federal shane.guan at noaa.gov
Sun Sep 30 16:56:22 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you of the availability of a short course on
Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America
(ASA) meeting in Victoria, Canada.  Detailed information follows:

*Introduction*Bioacoustics and Ecoacoustics are rapidly developing
disciplines to study and monitor ecosystems by their soundscape
composition. This is a worldwide emerging research area aimed at
monitoring, and possibly contrasting, the decline of biodiversity impacted
by habitat reduction and degradation due to both local human activities and
global environmental changes (climate changes and chemical pollution). The
acoustic environment, also known as soundscape, has been recognized to be
an essential component of ecosystems, thus worth of being studied,
monitored, protected, and even restored when altered by human activities.
In this context, sounds have the potential to serve science, conservation
and also education.

Ecoacoustics joins bioacoustics and ecology as an interdisciplinary science
that investigates natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship
with the environment over a wide range of study scales, both spatial and
temporal, including populations, communities, and landscapes.  Ecoacoustics
operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine)
ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics. Sounds can be
both the subject and the tools of ecological research. As the subject,
sounds are investigated in order to understand their evolution, functions
and properties under environmental pressures. As tools, sounds are used to
study and monitor animal diversity, abundance, behaviour, dynamics and
distribution, and their relationship with ecosystems and the environment.

The objective of the course is to provide scholars with a solid foundation
to understand bioacoustics and ecoacoustics, the equipment needed to do
acoustic research and monitoring, the software tools, the applications in
the different fields, ranging from basic research to environmental
monitoring and protection. The course will include topics related to both
terrestrial and marine bioacoustics and ecoacoustics, soundscape analysis,
noise pollution, digital sound recording and analysis, also considering the
importance of the acoustic environment for the human beings.

Gianni Pavan is a Researcher at the Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences of the University of Pavia, in Italy. He teaches Bioacoustics and
Ecology in the Master courses of “Nature Sciences” and “Experimental and
Applied Biology”. Since the Master degree in Nature Sciences he got in 1983
with a thesis on the computer analysis of bird songs, he dedicated his
research time to bioacoustics, computational bioacoustics, marine
bioacoustics and, in the last decade, to ecoacoustics. Founder of the
Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research
(CIBRA) in 1989, he participated in many international activities for the
study and protection of marine mammals.

Sunday, 4 November 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 5 November 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The full registration fee is USD $300 (USD $125 for students) and covers
attendance, instructional materials and coffee breaks.  The number of
attendees will be limited so please register early to avoid
disappointment.  Only those who have registered by 8 October 2018 will be
guaranteed receipt of instruction materials.  For additional information on
registration, please visit ASA Victoria meeting website:
https://acousticalsociety.org/asa-meetings/. If you miss the
preregistration deadline and are interested in attending the course, please
send an email to asa at acousticalsociety.org.

For additional information regarding the Victoria ASA meeting, please visit


Shane Guan, Ph.D.

National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Protected Resources
1315 East-West Highway, Suite 13826
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tel: 301-427-8401

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