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Acoustic Communication

Application deadline April 1, 2022
The course focuses on methods and techniques for studying animal sound communication in air (infra-, ultra- and sonic ranges), in water, and in solids (vibrations). It includes lectures, practicals, and excursions with time for discussion and student presentations. Introductory lectures aim at giving an overview of the subject of acoustic communication followed by special lectures on the fundamentals of acoustics, signal analysis, psychoacoustics, animal sound production, and noise. Practicals aim at giving the students hands-on experience of sound and vibration recording, sound analysis, and playback in air and water with emphasis on methodological limitations and pitfalls. MatLab will be used throughout the course but prior experience is not required. The applicants will be evaluated through group presentations of practicals.

Time: August 6-19, 2022

Location: The marine and terrestrial field stations of the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. The stations are located in the town of Kerteminde (marine) on the east coast of Funen and in the south of the island Funen (terrestrial), respectively.

Resident experts and invited experts from abroad.
Resident experts (SDU, DK): Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, Coen P.H. Elemans, Lasse Jakobsen, Ole Næsbye Larsen, Magnus Wahlberg, Iris Adam

Participants: Strict priority is given to students enrolled in a PhD-program at their home universities. MSc-students and post-docs may attend if space permits. The maximal number of participants is 24.

Fees: DKK 10,000 (approximately USD 1,400 and EUR 1,400) to cover tuition, transport during course, accommodation, and all meals.

Language: English

ECTS points: 10

Application procedure:
To apply, please send the following documents in PDF format:
- Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), indicating level of English language proficiency.
- A statement of your reasons for wishing to attend the course and your potential benefits of participation including a description of your research interests, the title of your PhD-project (or MSc-project), and name(s) of your supervisor(s) (max. 1 page).

The application should be emailed to by April 1st. The 24 successful applicants will be notified of acceptance before May 1st.

Course directors: Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard & Lasse Jakobsen, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark.

Last Updated 09.08.2023