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Birds, Bees, Bats, and Bugs: Why Animals Make and Use Sound with Laurel Symes – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series (Date/Time Change!)

January 27, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Birds, Bees, Bats, and Bugs: Why Animals Make and Use Sound
Presented by Laurel Symes
January 27th | 7 – 8 PM (Eastern)
Free | Live via ZOOM:

This engaging and accessible presentation will delve into the world of animal sound to explore how and why animals produce sound. Using examples from crickets to whales, we will discuss animal sounds that are too fast for us to follow, sounds that are too high for us to hear, and sounds that take hours or days to finish. The talk will include many opportunities to listen to animal sound and will include examples from far away and close to home.

About the Presenter

Dr. Laurel Symes is the Assistant Director of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her research focuses on the community ecology of communication: the way that interactions within and between species affect the production and perception of signals. To address these questions, she studies a variety of taxa including crickets, katydids, frogs, bats and birds. Her current research focuses on modeling phenological patterns in bird activity and understanding why birds sing when they do. To quantify singing activity, she is using automated recording and machine learning approaches to find and identify bird calls from a network of recorders in Sapsucker Woods and in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.

Previously, Dr. Symes held post-doctoral positions at Dartmouth College (Neukom Fellowship), the University of Wisconsin and the Smithsonian Institute for Tropical Research. She completed her PhD at Dartmouth College and her B.S. in Biology at Denison University.

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January 27, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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