Speaker: Dr Alice Eldridge, Lecturer in Music and Music Technology, University of Sussex
Learning to Listen to Biodiversity
Numerous global initiatives aim to conserve biodiversity but effective action can only be taken if biodiversity can be measured and its rate of change quantified. Operating within the framework of the emerging field of Ecoacoustics, acoustic methods are gaining increasing interest as a cost-effective, non-invasive and scalable solution. In this talk Alice Eldridge will outline recent results from surveys carried out in tropical and temperate habitats which demonstrates the potential for automated acoustic methods in remote biodiversity assessment.
Alice Eldridge is an interdisciplinary researcher, coder and musician at the University of Sussex. Her research addresses ecological, technical and creative concerns and currently includes investigation of acoustic methods for biodiversity monitoring and ecosystemic approaches to building and performing with new music technologies.
She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems and a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from University of Sussex. Prior to her current lectureship in Music she held a research fellowship in Evolution, Behaviour and Environment, School of Life Sciences and was course leader of Music Informatics in the School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex. She is interested in the potential for integrating concepts and methods across disciplines to provide innovative solutions and raise provocative questions.