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Acoustic Ecology Course Opens Students' Eyes, Ears

April 30, 2009


Held during SIUC's spring break 2008 the course grew out of joint research projects conducted in the area by Andrew D. Carver, associate professor of forestry, Jay Needham, assistant professor of radio-television. Carver, active in Panama since the decade's start, had teamed up with Needham during the previous spring break with the idea of capturing sounds as a way of documenting both wildlife presence and noise pollution. In addition to capturing the sounds of the rainforest, the lesson plan for the new course included riding in a dugout canoe, releasing endangered animals and watching from a limited-access site as construction equipment cleared the way for a deeper, wider Panama Canal.