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‘Fish Shazam’ – acoustic monitoring a window into health of waterways

Source: news.griffith.edu.au

Listening to the environment – singing birds and chirping crickets – is increasingly used as a means of monitoring change in ecosystems. Together with two colleagues from Melbourne and Paris, Griffith University senior lecturer Dr Simon Linke has led a major drive to kickstart acoustic monitoring in freshwater systems.

“Monitoring freshwater ecosystems is time consuming and costly. Using acoustics enables us to observe what is going on 24/7,” explains collaborator Dr Camille Desjonqueres.

Experienced in listening to grunting fish and creaking waterbugs, Dr Linke – from Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute – and his team assembled the key researchers from Europe, North America and Australia to compile a full issue of the leading journal in their field. MORE

Header image: Griffith University.

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