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:

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

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 is 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 have employed two undergraduate students that will aid the park in producing natural sounds recordings for the Yellowstone Sound Library, as well as high quality radio style conservation stories.

Click below to listen to an audio story about the Listening Lab.

Lab Manager

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 manager 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

Ben Buescher

Carlos Linares, M.S.

Chelsea Chambers

Elena Gratton

Emily Morton

Emily Sikora

Griselda Landa-Posas

Haley Stapleton

Hannah Vincelette

James Kelleher

Jennifer Anthony

Louisa Markow

Morgan Crump

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

Colton Raab

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2013-2015

Corinne Ryan

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2016-2017

Gabby Staats

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2015-2016

Grete Wilson-Henjum

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2015-2016

Henry Joyner

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2016-2017

Jared Lamb

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2016-2018

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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