Avian Bioacoustics - Urban noise and bird song.

Project Description : 

Noise affects how birds communicate. Conservation biologists have become interested in how anthropogenic noise may impact behavior and physiology, which in turn may impact population dynamics, evolution of behavior, and community structure. This project is investigating how nightingales and other species of European birds respond to anthropogenic noise. The investigation focuses on how noise might change the acoustic characteristics of songs.

Students will be analyzing recordings of nightingales and chaffinches made in Europe using bioacoustic analysis software. After a period of training, work hours will be flexible with a minimum commitment of six hours a week.

In your personal statement please be sure to indicate why this project interests you and how it relates to your career goals. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to commit to more than one semester working on the project.

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Name of Lab: 

Houlihan

Contact Person: 

Peter Houlihan

Contact E-mail: 

peteh@bio.umass.edu