Environmental Acoustics Seminar Series

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The Environmental Acoustics Seminar Series is intended to raise awareness about the breadth of acoustics science and inform scientists, students, and the public about cutting-edge reseach relating to the science of sound.

Upcoming Seminars

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Past Seminars

The videos can be found on our YouTube UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education channel or through the links below. 

Friday, October 28, 2022 (1200-1300 EST)
It’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it: The role of speech acoustics in child language acquisition 
Speaker: Jill C. Thorson, University of New Hampshire, College for Health and Human Services 

Friday, September 30, 2022 (1200-1300 EST)
Universal Adaptive Beamforming: Machine Learning Meets Array Processing
Speaker: John Buck, UMASS-Dartmouth

The videos can be found on our YouTube UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education channel or through the links below. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Behavioral Responses to Anthropogenic Noise in a Keystone Species
Speaker: Graeme Shannon, School of Natural Resources, Bangor University

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
The Puerto Rican Coqui: A Model of Acoustic Communication in Noise
Speaker: Peter Narins, College of Life Sciences, University of California - Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Experiential Design, Evolutionary Influence, and Spaces for Human Connection: Learning to leverage our access to great design to make change
Speaker: Scott Pfeiffer, Threshold Acoustics

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Crickets and Noise: How different forms of noise influence phonotaxis in female Australian black field crickets (Teleogryllus commodus)
Speaker: Jessica Briggs, University of New Hampshire, Department of Biology

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Urban Songbird Responses to the COVID-19 Shutdown Soundscape
Speaker: Elizabeth Derryberry, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
The Impact of Noise on Auditory Perception, and a Unique Sensory Solution 

Speaker: Normal Lee, Assistant Professor of Biology - St. Olaf College

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Ocean ambient sound from shipping and baleen whales in the NE Pacific
Speaker: Michael Ainslie, Senior Scientist for JASCO Applied Sciences

Thursday, January 21, 2021 (1200-1300 EST)
Acoustics of Active Sediments: Wedges, Worms, and Blue Carbon
Speaker: Gabriel Venegas, University of New Hampshire - Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

The videos can be found on our YouTube UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education channel or through the links below. 

Tuesday December 8, 2020 (1200-1300 EST)
Acoustic Communication by North Atlantic Right Whale Mother-Calf Pairs
Speaker: Susan Parks, Department of Biology - Syracuse University

Tuesday November 10, 2020 (1200-1300 EST)
The Search for the Silent Sounds of Tornadoes
Speaker: Brian Elbing, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oklahoma State University

Tuesday 13 October, 2020 (1200-1300 EST)
Underwater Acoustics Analysis: The Power of Time-Frequency Tools
Speaker: Mahdi Al Badrawi, Research Assistant Professor
UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education

Tuesday 8 September, 2020 (1200-1300 EST)
Examples of Insect Pest Detection and Mating Disruption for Agroacoustics
Speaker: Richard Mankin, Research Entomologist
USDA, ARS, CMAVE, University of Florida

Tuesday 14 April 2020 (1200‐1300 EST)
Recording a Pre‐Disturbed Ecosystem: The State of the Gulf of Tribugá, Colombia, Before Port Construction
Speaker: Kerri Seger
Applied Ocean Sciences LLC

Tuesday 10 March 2020 (1200‐1300 EST)
Vibrational Communication in Jumping Spiders and the Importance of Vibroscapes in Bioacoustics
Speaker: Damian Elias
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

February 11, 2020
Passive Acoustics: A New Addition to the Freshwater Monitoring Toolbox
Speaker: Camille Desjonqueres
Department of Biological sciences, University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee; Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

January 23, 2020
Using Acoustic Mapping Technology to Understand the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem
Speaker: Dr. Jenn Dijkstra 
UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering/Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

The videos can be found on our YouTube UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education channel or through the links below. 

November 12, 2019 
Developing a biomimetic acoustic deterrent to reduce bat mortalities at wind turbines
Speaker: Dr. Mike Smotherman -
 Professor of Biology
Chair, Institute for Neuroscience, Texas A&M University

October 8, 2019 
Agroacoustics and biotremology: using substrate‐borne noise to detect and deter insect pests
Speaker: Valerio Mazzoni
Fondazione Edmund Mach Research and Innovation Center, Sustainable Ecosystems and Bioresources
San Michele All'Adige, Italy

September 10, 2019
Soundscape metrics and indices
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Martin
JASCO Applied Sciences and Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada

April 16, 2019
Foliage echoes and the acoustic environment of bat biosonar
Speaker: Dr. Rolf Müller - Professor, Virginia Tech
Analysis of bat echoes in the context of man-made SONAR
Speaker: Dr. Michael Roan - Professor, Virginia Tech

March 12, 2019
Use of non-conventional signal representations for improving performance in a CNN-based bird call classifier
Speaker: Dr. Shyam Madhusudhana - Postdoctoral Fellow
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
PAM and the Toadfish: an ecosystem based management love story
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Fournet - Postdoctoral Fellow
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

February 19, 2019
Marine mammal monitoring on Navy ranges
Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Watwood
NUWC Newport, Environmental Branch

The videos can be found on our YouTube UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education channel or through the links below. 

November 13, 2018
What can soundscapes tell us about the richness and composition of the acoustically active fauna in the tropics?
Speaker: Dr. T. Mitchell Aide University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Sieve Analytics Inc – ARBIMON II
An acoustics tell-tale of the foraging ecology in deep diving whales
Speaker: Dr. Natacha Aguilar de Soto University of La Laguna

October 9, 2018
Predator, competitor, mate: Using spatial and temporal dynamics to disentangle acoustic communication in insects, frogs, and birds
Speaker: Dr. Laurel Symes - Research Associate
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Effects of experimental traffic noise exposure on behavior and physiology in tree swallows
Speaker: Dr. Allison Injaian - Research Associate
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

September 11, 2018
Vocal behaviour of mammal‐eating killer whales ‐ communicating with costly calls
Speaker: Dr. Volker Deecke - Associate Professor
Dept. of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies University of Cumbria, UK