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Eddie is living proof that science expands well beyond the confines of a laboratory, having worked in the field on conservation projects in more than 15 countries.
For example, his work has taken him to the wilds of northern Kenya to undertake grazing management, to the world’s most intact deserts in Western Australia monitoring waterholes and to the Adelbert Mountains in Papua New Guinea to conduct acoustic monitoring.
Known as the ‘biophony’, the sounds of nature can be recorded and monitored as a tremendous source of data for scientific study: sounds like insects buzzing, frogs croaking, birds shrieking, mammals scuttling on the forest floor and bats echo-locating above. Scientists can use the biophony of a location as a way to assess its health. In basic terms, the more complex and complete the soundscape, the healthier the ecosystem and the greater the biodiversity.
Eddie is incredibly passionate about his work and suspects that acoustic sampling could be a cost and time-effective solution for gathering conservation data in remote locations. If the science supports the findings, this could be the ideal solution for monitoring the effectiveness of projects – both here in Australia and around the world.
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