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Friday Forum: Zuzana Burivalova – “Sounds of Biodiversity and Chainsaw: Conservation of Indonesia’s Tropical Forests Using Bioacoustics”
March 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sounds of Biodiversity and Chainsaw:
Conservation of Indonesia’s Tropical Forests Using Bioacoustics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
One of the foremost challenges we face in conservation is understanding how effective different conservation strategies are. Such effectiveness, especially in terms of biodiversity conservation, can be very difficult to measure, time consuming, and prone to many different biases. Bioacoustics, and specifically the recording and analysis of entire soundscapes, could be a suitable tool for monitoring animal biodiversity in the conservation areas as well as sustainably managed forests. I will show examples of bioacoustics projects from tropical forests in Indonesia, to illustrate the potential as well as the limitations of this new, promising conservation technology.