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.
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.
MSc StudentUniversity of Alberta, Bayne Lab
Use of an acoustic location system to understand songbird response to vegetation recovery on reclaimed wellsites. The objective of this project is to demonstrate the potential of an acoustic location system to collect data on songbirds as functional measure of wellsite recovery following reclamation. An acoustic location system is an array of microphones which can be used to estimate the location of a signal using time of arrival differences determined between channels. The comparative use of wellsites and adjacent forest by the songbird community, and behaviour of Ovenbirds surrounding the wellsite will be examined. Information from this study will be used to gain insight into the legacy of wellsite disturbances in the boreal on songbirds.
MSc StudentUniversity of Alberta - Bayne Lab
Using Remote Cameras and Autonomous Recording Units to Monitor Impacts of Human Footprint on Large Mammal Biodiversity in Alberta, Canada. My research is focused on studying the impacts of human footprint on large mammal biodiversity and adaptation to human presence. Much of the boreal landscape and soundscape has been altered in recent years due to expanding industrial and recreational activity. As such, I am examining patterns of large mammal habitat use in Alberta’s northeastern boreal via remote cameras and autonomous recording units (ARUs) across areas of varying human impact.
Natalie Sanchez Ulate
PhD StudentUniversity of Alberta - Bayne Lab
Understanding why certain songbirds are more or less tolerant to chronic industrial noise. My PhD research is focused on understanding how songbirds are dealing with chronic industrial noise in the boreal forest, evaluating vocal plasticity to determine if this can explain why some species can persist in noisy areas while others avoid such areas. For this, I’m measuring vocal features from recordings of songbirds with territories in noisy and quiet areas. Additionally, I will relate vocal features with beak morphological measurements since beak morphology has been related with variability in vocal performance for passerine birds.