I am a NatureNet Science Fellow, with Princeton University and The Nature Conservancy, and I will be joining the University of Wisconsin Madison as an assistant professor in the departments of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, in Autumn 2019. I am an ecologist and conservation scientist, working on biodiversity conservation in tropical forests, including in Indonesia. I also work with the environmental news organization Mongabay.com on a conservation effectiveness platform for tropical forests. I received my B.A. in Biological Sciences at Oxford University, MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva and completed a PhD in tropical forest conservation and ecology at ETH Zurich.
One of the foremost challenges we face in conservation is understanding how effective different conservation strategies are. Such effectiveness, especially in terms of biodiversity conservation, can be very difficult to measure, time consuming, and prone to many different biases. Bioacoustics, and specifically the recording and analysis of entire soundscapes, could be a suitable tool for monitoring animal biodiversity in the conservation areas as well as sustainably managed forests. I will show three examples of bioacoustics projects from tropical forests in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, to illustrate the potential as well as the limitations of this new, promising conservation technology.