Sound and Light Ecology Team

CSU Listening Lab

The Colorado State University Listening Lab was established in 2013 as a collaboration with the Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. The primary goal of the lab is to aid in the preservation and understanding of natural soundscapes by providing a resource to efficiently analyze the thousands of hours of acoustic data collected each year within parks, allowing park officials and scientists to promptly employ effective soundscape management decisions where needed.

The lab typically employs 5 to 10 well-trained undergraduate student listeners to analyze the acoustic data that our NPS Scientists & Research Associates record within national parks around the country. Many of our student listeners are also enrolled in the University Honors Program and use their time in the lab to complete their honors theses. These students have moved beyond basic data analysis and have explored how noise affects the natural world to produce the following theses:

Click below to learn more about the Listening Lab.


Undergraduate Honors Theses

  • The effects of human visitation on the behavior and relative abundance of Brandt's cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) on Alcatraz Island -- Reina Galvan
  • Acoustic analysis of the Fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) -- Sean Williams
  • Changes in bioacoustic activity related to wind turbine operation -- Sam Bietsch
  • A comparative analysis of soundscapes: Peru vs. the United States -- Sara Brandenburg
  • Quantifying fine scale foraging behavior using acoustic monitoring of mule deer -- Alex Avrin
  • Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) altered alarm call function in presence of pups -- Grete Wilson-Henjum
  • Evaluation of wildlife acoustic detection methods using camera traps -- Tyler Asnicar
  • Identification and Evaluation of ‘Soundmarks’ in National Parks -- Benjamin Buescher
  • Automating Species Recognition in Acoustic Recordings Using the Template Detector Method -- Louisa Markow

In order to futher the impact of their work, several of our students have gone on to present their research at local and national conferences/symposia. Below are a few examples of their scientific outreach:

Scientific Presentations

Media Coverage

Sounds of Nature & Stories from Science

In the fall of 2016, our team partnered with Yellowstone National Park to create the 'Sounds of Nature & Stories from Science' project. Our aim was to better train young adults to be effective communicators of conservation and science to the general public, while preserving the natural sounds of Yellowstone National Park via audio recordings. We employed two undergraduate students that aided the park in producing natural sounds recordings for the Yellowstone Sound Library, audio postcards that introduce people to the sounds of yellowstone, and high quality radio style conservation stories.

Click below to listen to an audio story produced by Elena Gratton.


Lab Director

To help manage the analysis of acoustic data, as well as student research projects, Dr. Jacob Job was welcomed to the team as Listening Lab director in 2015. If you are a student at Colorado State University and are interested in becoming a team member in the Listening Lab, you should contact Dr. Job at soundandlightecologyteam 'at' gmail 'dot' com.

Current Members

Anna Johnson

Ellie Weeks

Emily Sikora

Madison Chudzik

Morgan Crump

Rocio Rincon

Sam Hric

Terutaka Funabashi

Past Members

Abbie Hart

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2016-2017

Abby Crowder

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2015-2017

Alex Avrin

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2013-2015

Alyssa Breda

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2017-2018

Carlos Linares

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2017-2019

Chelsea Chambers

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2018-2019

Colton Raab

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2013-2015

Corinne Ryan

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2016-2017

Emily Morton

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2018-2019

Gabby Staats

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2015-2016

Grete Wilson-Henjum

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2015-2016

Griselda Landa-Posas

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2016-2019

Haley Stapleton

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2016-2018

Hannah Vincelette

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2017-2019

Henry Joyner

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2016-2017

James Kelleher

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2018-2019

Jared Lamb

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2016-2018

Jennifer Anthony

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2018

Matt Edrich

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2017-2018

Meredith Lewis

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2014-2015

Rachael Tindal

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2016-2017

Reina Galvan

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2014-2015

Sam Bietsch

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2013-2016

Sara Brandenburg

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2014-2016

Savanna Smith

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2016-2017

Sean Williams

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2013-2016

Tabitha Gulley

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2015-2017

Taylor Greene

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2014-2015

Trent Hawkins

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2016-2017

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