Bioacoustics for Conservation

Graphic illustrating how to use sound measuring equipment in a rainforest

ENVIR ST 400 LEC 001
Tuesday/Thursday, 4–5:15 p.m.
3 credits


Zuzana Burivalova
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Course Description

Recording and analyzing the sounds that animals make is becoming an increasingly common way to detect and monitor wildlife, as well as environmental quality and human interactions with animals. At the same time, it’s still a fairly new discipline, with exciting developments and a great potential for discovery.

In this class, you will learn:

  • How to collect your own soundscape data outdoors
  • How to use several different types of sound analysis methods, such as including soundscape indices and individual call analysis and recognition
  • How to recognize which types of research question, or conservation issue, may benefit from using soundscapes

This skill will be transferable to other new technologies in ecology and conservation, such as using drones, environmental DNA, etc.

Throughout the course, we will emphasize the use of bioacoustics in evidence-based conservation, however, the topics may be also interesting for researchers in animal communication and behavior, evolutionary ecology, data science, audio analysts, and musicologists.

Fulfills Environmental Studies


UW Designations


Biological Science