Who We Are

The Bioacoustic Unit is a collaboration between the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and the Bayne Lab at the University of Alberta. The Bioacoustic Unit is the authority on best practices for using acoustic technology in the province and we offer a range of services to support the application of acoustic technology.

What We Do

The Bioacoustic Unit is a leader in the application of wildlife acoustic data to environmental management and research needs. We will assist you in collecting audio data, analyzing the recordings, and reporting the results. In addition, our team is actively engaged in research to enhance our methodologies and better understand our natural acoustic environment.

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The Team

Our team includes scientists and applied researchers from the ABMI, the University of Alberta, and other partnering institutions, dedicated to providing the highest quality and leading edge bioacoustics services in Alberta and beyond.

Dr. Erin Bayne

Dr. Erin Bayne

Co-DirectorUniversity of Alberta

Erin’s research centers on understanding the cumulative ecological impacts of human activities on biodiversity. We combine ecology with cutting edge techniques in wildlife monitoring, survey design, geographic information systems, and habitat modelling. Our goal is to provide recommendations on how biodiversity reacts to various types of human and natural disturbance with the goal of achieving better conservation outcomes. Erin, along with the help of many undergraduate and graduate students are continually working to improve monitoring methods in an effort to increase efficiency and statistical precision.

Dr. Shawn Morrison

Dr. Shawn Morrison

ManagerABMI - Bioacoustic Unit

Shawn is an ecologist with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute where he is involved with the management of the Bioacoustic Unit. His previous research includes issues related to wildlife population dynamics, habitat use, and foraging ecology of various wildlife species across Canada. This work has typically involved extensive collaboration with provincial government, industry, and academic stakeholders.

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Hedwig Lankau

Hedwig Lankau

Information CoordinatorUniversity of Alberta

Hedwig is the data manager for the Bioacoustic Unit as well as working as a research co-ordinator for Dr. Erin Bayne. She has ten years’ experience conducting ecological field work focusing on bird surveys, bioacoustic equipment applications and data management. Her role within the Bioacoustic Unit is focused on data storage, database development, bioacoustics recording standards, and protocol development.

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Alex MacPhail

Alex MacPhail

Data Processing CoordinatorUniversity of Alberta

Alex’s responsibilities include overseeing the processing of acoustic data and coordinating fieldwork in boreal Alberta. He’s been involved with the project since the pilot study, investigating wetland bird species, owls, bats and amphibians. Alex divides his time between deploying ARUs across the boreal in the early spring into late summer, and listening to and interpreting the acoustic data in the fall and winter.

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Monica Kohler

Monica Kohler

Regional Monitoring CoordinatorABMI

Monica Kohler is a graduate student at the University of Alberta studying wild bees in Alberta’s canola fields. She has over 5 years of experience conducting biological monitoring in agricultural and boreal landscapes, from both an agronomic perspective and as part of the ABMI’s provincial monitoring program. She has experience building relationships with individual land managers and stakeholders to support a range of monitoring activities.

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Dr. Dan Farr

Dr. Dan Farr

Research PartnerGovernment of Alberta

Dan Farr provides project leadership and connects networks to integrate science related to ecosystem services. Throughout his 25-year career in the non-profit and consulting sectors, Dan has contributed applied scientific knowledge to environmental management systems, especially in the areas of land use, biodiversity, and environmental monitoring.

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Our Partners and Funders

Without the support of these wonderful people, the work we do would simply not be possible. Thank you!

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The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute conducts world-class monitoring of more than 2500 species and habitats in Alberta. The ABMI leads projects like this one to demonstrate the application of ABMI’s data and expertise to critical environmental planning and management questions.

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The University of Alberta is a top 5 Canadian university and one of the top 100 in the world. As one of Canada’s largest research-intensive universities, U of A is home to more than 170 graduate programs, 200 undergraduate programs, and 450 active student groups.

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