Acoustic Ecology Research

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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; Architecture, Arts, Media Engineering; Ecology, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Computer Science, English, Environmental Humanities

Closing Date: 
April 25, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Global Institute of Sustainability, Tempe Campus, 3rd floor, 323
Hours Per Week: 
2 hours, up to 20 hours self-directed

Desired Academic Year: 
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

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.

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