• #### Dr. Michael Towsey

Dr. Michael Towsey has held research positions at QUT since 1997. He uses machine learning methods to solve biological problems. These have ranged from the sublime (analysis of bird song) to the ridiculous (analysis of milk yield in cow herds) with some bioinformatics in between! Michael is currently in the Bioacoustics Research Group within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at QUT. He works on the ‘big data’ problems associated with long duration recordings of the environment, in particular, building recognizers for species of interest, extracting acoustic indices to aid navigation and visualisation.

• #### Dr. Anthony Truskinger

Anthony Truskinger completed his PhD in May 2015. His thesis, titled Semi-Automated Annotation of Environmental Acoustic Recordings, is focused on assisting the citizen scientists that contribute useful information in online bioacoustic analysis environments.

Anthony is currently a research assistant working for the bioacoustics research group. He supports other researchers within the group by managing data, running large scale analyses on large compute resources, and by developing professional bioacoustic analysis software for the web.

• #### Dr. David Tucker

Dr. David Tucker is a landscape ecologist with a research and working background focused on terrestrial ecological surrogacy, biodiversity monitoring and conservation management. He is responsible for monitoring the flora and fauna, including the recording of bioacoustic data, at the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Peri-urban SuperSite, located at QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) on the outskirts of Brisbane. David is currently assisting the ecoacoustics research group in establishing a national ecoacoustics observatory covering all of the major ecological regions of Australia.

Throughout her career, Jessie Cappadonna, has been passionate about avian ecology and public engagement. In recent years, this led her to contribute on a wide variety of projects with the U.S. Geological Survey (Hawai`i), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Hawaiʻi), Point Blue Conservation Science (California), and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (New York). Upon return to Australia, Jessie worked with University of Queensland's Environmental Decisions Group. As a PhD student at QUT, Jessie is investigating how to engage citizen scientists with bioacoustic research. In addition to her research, Jessie is also heavily involved with the Australian Citizen Science Association and BirdLife Australia. If interested in learning more please feel free to contact Jess via:
• #### Min Zhen Chai

Min Zhen has joined the QUT's Ecoacoustics Research Group as a PhD student since March 2017. His research interest will be revolving around machine learning, distributed computing and Internet of Things domain.
• #### Tshering Dema

Tshering Dema has joined the Bioacoustics group as a PhD student in August, 2015. She is interested in studying visualization tools that can meaningfully show the rich implicit patterns and information hidden in long duration acoustics. She is excited to carry out similar ecoacoustic research in Bhutan.
• #### Phil Eichinski

Combining automated and non-automated methods of acoustic analysis for bird species richness surveys. Phil's research will explore ways of using automated acoustic analysis to determine rich and diverse subsets of a long recording. This will speed up the process of a manual species richness survey conducted by a human, as they will need to listen to less audio to observe all the species present.
• #### Karlina Indraswari

Karlina is interested in how acoustics can be used to monitor change in ecological communities. Her PhD is focused on how the environment influences frog call partitioning under disturbed and undisturbed conditions. In the past she has worked with frog communities in Japan and forest conservation issues in tropical regions.
• #### Yvonne Phillips

Yvonne Phillips is a PhD student at QUT. She is interested in spatial and temporal heterogeneity of sound within ecosystems and at ecosystem boundaries.
• #### Dezmond Wells

Dezmond Wells is a Research Masters student at QUT. His thesis is entitled: How can the affects of habitat attenuation on acoustic sensors recording avian species be used to determine abundance in a two-hectare ecological sample.
• #### Liang Zhang

Liang Zhang is a PhD student in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT. His research interest is in acoustic regime in long duration audio recording.

# Past Members

• #### Dr. Mark Cottman-Fields

Dr. Mark Cottman-Fields completed his PhD in March 2017. His thesis is titled Virtual birding: extending birdwatching to review acoustic recordings. It investigates how to enable bird watchers to review audio recordings collected by environmental sensors. Accurate bird call identifications can provide reliable information for avian research and conservation efforts. The five studies in this thesis yield a nuanced understanding of birders’ activities. Evaluations by birders of two prototype websites for analysing audio pinpoint effective design elements. The findings demonstrate that audio segments, visualisations, and tailored feedback in a website interface support accurate identifications of bird calls that may otherwise remain undetected.
• #### Dr. Xueyan Dong

Dr. Xueyan Dong was a PhD student at QUT. Her research is focused on Content-based acoustic event retrieval on field audio data. Her thesis is titled Content-based birdcall retrieval from environmental audio. .
• #### Dr. Shufei Duan

Dr. Shufei Duan was a PhD student at QUT. Her thesis is entitled: Automated Species Recognition in Bioacoustic Recordings.
• #### Dr. Mangalam Sankupellay

Dr. Mangalam Sankupellay is a Research associate within the Bioacoustics Research Group within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at QUT. She uses machine learning techniques to analyse bird song.
• #### Dr. Jason Wimmer

Jason Wimmer completed his PhD with QUT researching the role of acoustic sensors for monitoring biodiversity. His thesis is entitled: Acoustic Sensing: Roles and Applications in Monitoring Avian Biodiversity.
• #### Dr. Jie Xie

Jie was a Ph.D. student at QUT. His thesis is entitled: Acoustic Classification of Australian Frogs for Ecosystem Survey. For more information about him, please go to his personal website: https://jiexiedotnet.wordpress.com/
• #### Meriem Ferroudj

Meriem Ferroudj was a Masters student at QUT. Her thesis is entitled: Automated rain classification in environmental sound.
• #### Mark Vandeberg

Mark Vandeberg was a masters student at QUT. His thesis is entitled: Bringing Big Data to Many People via Large Display