Many people around the world are deploying audio recorders into nature and gathering huge amounts of data that can reveal invaluable information about ecosystems and wildlife that live in them. However, analysing this data is tricky, requiring both technical and animal call knowledge. Environmental recordings have potential to be more accessible for broader uses in nature engagement, citizen science, and wildlife conservation, but technologies that are both fun and useful are needed for acoustic sensing to reach its full potential.
With this in mind, I am investigating how to design technologies that provide delightful and informative ways to explore audio recordings. My research is centred around exploring the potential that acoustic sensing may be useful to find secretive, endangered Eastern bristlebirds (Dasyornis brachypterus). In this research, I’ve worked with conservationists involved in bristlebird recovery efforts, birders and additional citizen scientists, as well as members of the broader public, to uncover needs for future technologies to explore and analyse audio recordings.
In addition to my technology design research, I am heavily involved in citizen science communities locally and globally. For instance, I am also a co-founder and currently the international liaison for the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA). I also explore diverse intersections of citizen science, conservation technology, artificial intelligence, environmental education, and other global planetary health initiatives (e.g. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like a copy of any of my co-authored publications that are not already open access. You can also hear calls of bristlebirds and learn more about my adventures with these sneaky beasts in this blog. Additionally, you can check out a video that shares technology future interface needs for exploring audio data. Lastly, I welcome you to sing out and follow me on Twitter!