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.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

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.

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Laura Garland

Laura Garland

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.

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Natalie Sanchez Ulate

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. 

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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!


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.