My research group focuses on biodiversity conservation in a rapidly changing world, ecosystem-scale restoration, and sustainable natural resource management. We are based at the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where we combine bioacoustics and quantitative ecology. Our work on ecosystem-scale acoustic monitoring has three themes: endangered species conservation, community ecology, and the development of novel methodologies. Community-driven science is our second broad research area, a bottom-up approach to conservation that prioritizes the needs, interests, and values of people outside the traditional research apparatus. Various forms of the BirdNET algorithm – which can currently identify over 3,000 animals by sound – underpins much of our work.
This group welcomes anyone with an interest in biodiversity conservation or bioacoustics, including people of every gender, ethnicity, race, skin color, religion, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and other identities. The principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are central to all that we do; read more about our ongoing commitment and actions at the KLY-CCB’s Values page and the Lab’s D.E.I.J. page.
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ leadership. Read more about the land acknowledgment.