In this radio episode, we speak to Dr Daniela Hedwig, Director of the Elephant Listening Project in the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We discuss the capacities of acoustic monitoring for detecting and intervening in poaching activity, building an 'elephant dictionary' based on acoustic and visual data, and data ethics in relationships between conservation projects and local communities.
Interviewers: Trishant Simlai and Max Ritts
Producer: Harry Murdoch
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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Hedwig, Daniela, Trishant Simlai, and Max Ritts, "Daniela Hedwig: The Elephant Listening Project in Central Africa," Smart Forests Atlas (2022), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/daniela-hedwig/
Header image credit: Visualisation of infrasonic frequencies used for detecting elephant rumbles. Image source: Elephant Listening Project. Retrieved 11 August 2022, from https://elephantlisteningproject.org/infrasound/