[Bio-matrix] Call for Applications: Bio-acoustic Structure, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via biomatrx%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Fri Jan 19 09:39:53 EST 2018


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Bio-acoustic Structure," to be held June 25-27 at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* Acoustic repertoires may serve as a central component for 
social cohesion, foraging, and reproduction; in turn, these sounds may 
reflect population or species boundaries for many taxa. As acoustic 
monitoring has increased in popularity, so has interest in using this 
data to identify population structure and quantify biological diversity. 
In cases where it is difficult to obtain other biological samples, 
acoustic data may be the only source of information from which 
population structure can be inferred. Historically, acoustic research on 
different taxa has proceeded independently, utilizing different features 
and developing different methods for classification or quantifying 
regional differences. Additionally, while it is clear that there is a 
genetic component to some bio-acoustic features, the degree to which 
they are shaped by the environment or can be used as a proxy for 
relatedness is still uncertain.

In order to make progress on the promise of using acoustics to 
characterize population structure, this workshop will bring together 
experts in bio-acoustics of multiple taxa, including birds, frogs, 
primates, and cetaceans, with mathematicians and computer scientists 
with expertise in classification, clustering, and information theory to 
develop a unified approach. This will be accomplished by: 1) compiling 
guidelines of best practices for designing acoustic surveys, 2) 
reviewing acoustic features of each taxon useful for identifying 
regional and taxonomic differences, and 3) reviewing methods for 
quantifying and comparing information content, generating classification 
models, and identifying biologically significant clusters. The results 
of this workshop will describe the current state of using acoustics to 
assess population structure, create a community bridging taxonomic 
disciplines, and provide new non-invasive tools for conservation. 
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers:* Frederick Archer and Shannon Rankin, Southwest 
Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, CA

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_bioacoustics

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the 
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, 
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline: March 5, 2018*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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