Acoustic Ecology Research

Home / Student Life / Internships, Research and Professional Development / Research / Opportunities / Acoustic Ecology Research
Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
School of Music, Arts, Media and Engineering, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Faculty Name: 
Sabine Feisst
Preferred Skills or Majors: 
Music, Arts, Architecture Environmental Sciences Life sciences Geography Health sciences Computer sciences Communication Journalism
Compensation: 
unpaid
Closing Date: 
May 15, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Wrigley Hall GIOS, room 401, Tempe
Hours Per Week: 
2 hours

Desired Academic Year: 
Freshman
Sophmore
Junior
Senior
Project Description: 

The Acoustic Ecology Lab is a transdisciplinary research lab between the Schools of Music, Arts, Media and Engineering and Sustainability. It examines the sonic environments through various modes of listening in the field. Research activities include: regular field recording in nearby nature preserves using ambisonic and other recording equipment; analysis and assessment of field recordings through spectrograms; collaboration with ecologists, life scientists and landscape architects. Creation of virtual reality nature sojourns and application of VR experiences in medical/therapeutic contexts, behavioral health, etc. in collaboration with faculty in the health sciences. Undertake artistic endeavors (including the creation of soundscape compositions and audio-visual installations from the field recordings) and explore community engagement.

We are looking for students with a strong interest in sound and environmental studies. Students will be thoroughly involved in all aspects of the lab’s research, including making and analyzing field recordings. Students will be able to earn Honors credit for their lab research and develop scientific and creative Honors thesis projects based on their lab research.

We have a need for a webmaster with PHP skills to update and maintain the acoustic ecology lab website https://acousticecologylab.org

We also have a need for students interested in AI, and training software to recognize specific animal call and human sounds such as cars and aircraft so we can expedite tagging of audio files for a large study in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

There is field work every 2 weeks in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – replenishing sound recorders with new SD cards and batteries and then the task of cataloging and examining those recordings.



Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Email a cover letter and your CV to Dr. Sabine Feisst Sabine.Feisst@asu.edu
https://acousticecologylab.org