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Friday Harbor Labs 2011 Marine Bioacoustics course complete

Posted on Wednesday, 3 August 2011 | Permalink

The bi-annual Marine Bioacoustics course took place recently at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL).

Course details

The course was run by Dr Charles Greene and Louise McGarry from Cornell University, and Dr John Horne from the University of Washington. It took place over a 5-week period and enjoyed additional contributions from a range of experts in the field of marine bioacoustics.

Since its inception in 1993, the course has trained over 225 students from 29 countries. Many of those students have gone on to become active researchers in the field of hydroacoustics.

From the FHL website:

  • The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of underwater acoustics as well as the acoustic and other complementary methods used to study the distribution, behavior, and community ecology of marine animal populations.
  • Topics ... include: Principles of Underwater Sound, Signal Processing, Zooplankton & Fisheries Acoustics, Marine Mammal Bioacoustics, Acoustic Tracking, Assessing Distribution & Abundance, Predator-Prey Ecology & Behavior, Data Management, Analysis & Visualization.

Echoview as the tool of choice

Echoview has been used by the students on the FHL course since 2005. As Dr Greene states: "We expose our ... students to it because it is the state-of-the-art in analyzing and visualizing marine bioacoustic data."

Echoview proudly supported the course again this year, and the feedback we received from the students was overwhelmingly positive. Examples include:

  • "My experience was very positive, and I don’t think the initial learning curve is too steep."
  • "A wonderful substitute for pages and pages of MATLAB code."
  • "[Echoview] allows me to get to the science, while keeping a track of the operations that are being performed on my data set."
  • "The software has come highly recommended by the most professors that I have met upon entering this field."

Find out more

To find out more about this course, please contact Dr Charles Greene or Dr John Horne.

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