Dutch Bio-Acoustic conference

On Friday 11Oct, the Dutch Bio-Acoustic conference was organized. The gathering was held to share knowledge about the influence of acoustics on animal behavior. Scientist from VU Amsterdam, Leiden University, Wageningen University, Rijkswaterstaat, TNO, JASON, and VLIZ presented their results regarding noise pollution in the North Sea region (mostly underwater acoustics).

Olivier presented an overview of the SeabirdSound project under the scrutiny of the bio-acoustic experts. The talk was well received and opened fruitful discussions. This way, we like to thank RWS and the JOMOPANS project for organizing the conference, and we look forward to next year’s meeting!



This week, I am precisely two years into the project! Besides this memorial milestone, we also finished one of the goals of our project! We finished the design of our logger for the upcoming fieldwork this January.

Last month I visited Dominique Fillipi, a well known and respected physicist who is specialized in developing Bio-loggers. Together with Dominique, I designed the “infrasound-sputnik”. This is the very first bio-logger, which besides tracking albatrosses, also can measure movement (acceleration), barometric pressure, differential pressure (infrasound), and wind speed/direction.

We worked on the hardware and software and did some first testing. We are all very excited and look forward to the outcome of the logger during the upcoming fieldwork.

Soon more updates on the logger!

SeabirdSound 2018 Workshop

From 14 till 17 May the first SeabirdSound workshop took place in Liverpool. The workshop focussed on infrasound and avian navigation and is part of the HFSP Project (investigating the role of infrasound in seabird navigation; it combines seabird ecology, physiology, infrasound soundscapes, and movement ecology in a comprehensive framework).

For the workshop, we brought together experts in all of these areas to share expertise and integrate ideas. In particular we were keen to discuss avian navigation in general with a focus on seabirds. By use of keynote presentations and engaging discussions, we developed an integrated framework around the use of infrasound in navigation and developed a begin for a review article around this subject. Follow the website for more news about this article.

We would like to thank all participants (alphabetic);

Simon Benhamou, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, Annette Fayet, Jon Hagstrum, Christine Koppl, Emiel van Loon, Pascal Malkemper, Richard Phillips, Mark Prior, Pieter Smets and Yoshinari Yonehara.

And in particular Tommy Clay and Samantha Patrick for taking lead in organising!


EGU 2018 – Vienna

From 8 till 13 april the European Geosciences Union (EGU) organised the 2018 General Assembly in Vienna (Austria). During the assembly 4.776 oral, 11.128 poster, and 1.419 PICO presentations were given.

Jelle and Olivier represented the SeabirdSound team, both gave a poster presentation. Jelle presented his research about the Dutch Meteo-Tsunami of 29 May 2017. Olivier presented his studies on parameterising the CLEAN beamforming method on infrasound recordings.

Besides presenting, both participated many interesting presentations and short courses. It was an interesting week, good weather, good science and a good environment!



Master (MS) position in Movement Ecology at the University of Florida

We are seeking a motivated MS student to join our team in Florida, aiming at understanding how seabirds navigate and the role of infrasound in their movement. The MS thesis will follow one of two possible paths, requiring students with two distinct profiles: one in applied statistics/mathematics; and one in quantitative ecology. Applications are encouraged for both profiles, but only one student will be selected.

The Master’s program will consist of three semesters mainly dedicated to classwork during the first year and a second year exclusively dedicated to the Master’s thesis. This position will be completely supported for the two years (stipend + tuition) and the program is expected to start in fall 2018.

Classwork during the first two semesters will take place on the main UF campus in Gainesville. Research will be performed at Dr. Mathieu Basille’s lab, under the supervision of Dr. Basille and Dr. Rocio Joo. Dr. Basille’s lab is located at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC), in Davie, Florida. Davie is a town within the large Miami metropolitan area in South Florida, just miles away from the Florida Everglades.

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Please apply by sending an email including a cover letter describing your interest, experience and career goals, a CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Rocio Joo (rocio.joo@ufl.edu). Write “master application” as the email subject. Applications will be processed in the order they are received until April 15th or before if a suitable applicant is found.

Team complete!

Since the start of 2018 the whole team is full time working on the project. Let me introduce;

Tommy Clay (University of Liverpool ,UK)

Tommy is interested in the ecology and conservation of marine predators; in particular, the drivers of variation in movement and foraging strategies and their influence on population dynamics. During this project he will be linking seabird movement data to meteorological and infrasound maps in order to better understand movement decisions at various ecological scales.

Jeff Zeyl (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Jeff’s research interests centre on mechanisms of hearing and acoustic communication in vertebrates. Some of his recent work has involved auditory tests on turtles, salamanders, and fishes using the auditory brainstem response. In this project, Jeff will be exploring potential mechanisms of infrasonic hearing in seabirds.

Rocío Joo (University of Florida, USA)

Rocío is a numerical ecologist. Her research is focused on movement ecology; particularly on the development and adaption of statistical methods for the analysis of trajectories of animals and human predators (i.e. fishers). The analysis of different types of tracking data for seabird movement, and the assessment of the role of infrasound in migration through statistical modelling are two exciting challenges of this project that will enrich her research.

Olivier den Ouden (KNMI, the Netherlands)

Olivier will focus on infrasound. Previous he already got experienced with processing infrasound recordings and localisation of infrasound sources. During this project he will exploring infrasound propagation through atmosphere and creating soundscapes.

Official start – Stellenbosch meeting

Since all team members are on board, a first ‘real-life’ meeting was needed. The second week of 2018 the whole team visited the Stellenbosch University in South-Africa, and thus this week can be seen as the official start of the Seabird Sound project! Goal of the week, introduction on previous work, future plan for the project and to get to know each other.

During the week everybody showed their skills and discussed what and why it contributes to the project. A good start with many new thoughts. Besides hard work and discussing, there was also time to relax. With some good wine, magnificant views, wild life, table mountain, seabirds, infrasound and really good company this was not very hard.

After 8 days of hard work and discussing, all went home with new ideas and a lot of motivation. Next meeting, May 2018 – Liverpool!