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, Sound Studies, Architecture, Arts, Media and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Computer Sciences, Environmental Humanities

Closing Date: 
October 15, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Tempe Campus GIOS Wrigley Hall, 800 S Cady Mall, Room 312
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 and Life Sciences. It examines the role of sound in urban and natural environments through various modes of listening and field recording. 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.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Email your CV and letter of introduction to Dr. Sabine Feisst