Citizen science initiatives to record bird sounds have been extremely successful, with song uploads to Xeno-Canto numbering in the hundreds of thousands and eBird numbering in the millions. Having all of this data begs the question: what do we do with all of these songs?
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2021
Program: “What Do We Do With All This Song Data?”
Presenter: Kaiya Provost, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:30 PM. Member Meeting at 7:30 PM and Speaker at 8:00 PM (EST).
Description: Citizen science initiatives to record bird sounds have been extremely successful, with song uploads to Xeno-Canto numbering in the hundreds of thousands and eBird numbering in the millions. Having all of this data begs the question: what do we do with all of these songs? Working with very large numbers of songs is logistically difficult, but we are developing a framework for figuring out just how to extract useful information out of all of the noise, and then use it to deeply investigate songs in one species: White-Crowned Sparrows.
About Kaiya Provost: My main interests are phylogenetic systematics, behavioral ecology, biogeography, and computational biology. I study passerine birds of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, parrots, and the North American avifauna as a whole. My research makes use of museum specimens, particularly by extracting genomes out of tissues, examining phenotypes of skins, and processing bioacoustic recordings.
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University. I received my Ph.D. at the American Museum of Natural History in the Richard Gilder Graduate School. I completed my Master's at Columbia University in 2016, and my Bachelor's at Cornell University in 2014.
Visit my website at Kaiya Provost and follow me on Twitter @KaiyaProvost
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