Sound and Light Ecology Team

Former Postdocs

Dr. Jesse Barber

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Dr. Barber was a post doctoral research associate in our group from 2007 to 2010. He has since moved on as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University.

Dr. Graeme Shannon

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Dr. Shannon worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University from 2012 to 2014 investigating the impacts of noise on wildlife ecology and behavior. Prairie dogs provided the primary study system for his research, leading him to explore their behavioural responses to road noise exposure using acoustic playback experiments. Dr. Shannon has since moved on to a faculty position at Bangor University in Wales, directing his reseach interests to the fields of animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, with particular focus on the effects of human activities on wildlife.

Former Research Associates

Scott McFarland

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Scott was a Research Associate with our team from 2012 to 2014 and assisted with the development of acoustic monitoring technology and equipment. He also conducted baseline acoustic monitoring and research in numerous National Park units. Scott currently works for the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division as a Biologist and Regional Resource Specialist.

Misty Nelson

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Misty worked as a Research Technician from 2012 to 2015, conducting acoustic and night sky monitoring at nearly two dozen national parks throughout the United States. She is currently working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Senior Environmental Scientist in the Non-game Wildlife Program, where she coordinates a large-scale biodiversity monitoring effort to evaluate the impacts of drought on California wildlife.

Cecilia White, M.S.

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Cecilia worked as a Research Associate with the CSU/NPS team from 2010-2015. She conducted acoustic inventory, monitoring, and analysis for parks across the country. She also worked on numerous outreach and communications projects for the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, including their website. Cecilia managed the Listening Lab from 2013-2015 and helped to mentor several student workers as they completed their honors theses.

Former Graduate Students

Casey Brown, M.S.

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Casey was a M.S. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology from 2007-2010. Her research examined the effects of anthropogenic noise on ungulate behavior in Grand Teton National Park. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, examining wildlife movement behavior and human dimensions of wildlife management.

Emma Brown, M.S.

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Emma was a M.S. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University from 2011 to 2013. She has stayed on with our team as an Acoustical Resource Specialist at the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.

Vladimir Yaremenko

Vladimir was a M.S. student in the engineering program and graduated in 2016. His research focused on embedded systems, firmware design, digital signal processing, multiple platform target detection, and digital image processing. He worked on implementing and testing algorithms for detecting and classifying noise sources (like planes and helicopters) on custom FPGA based systems, as well as implementing and testing an algorithm to track the trajectory of those sources in order to gain a better understanding of air and ground vehicle traffic in national parks.

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