Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University and Director Discovery Park Center for Global Soundscapes
Topic: Big Sounds: Managing and Analyzing a Global Soundscape Database
Bryan C. Pijanowski is Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. He is also the Director of the Discovery Park Center for Global Soundscapes and the Executive Producer of the Interactive IMAX experience film Global Soundscapes: A Mission to Record the Earth. His research focusses on the use of soundscape recordings to assess the health of ecosystems around the world. To date, he has conducted over 40 studies on five continents, often in very remote places of the world. His passive acoustic recorders have been recording in 8 of Earth’s 12 major biomes for at least one year (one study is now finishing its 10th year!). Over 3 million recordings approaching 1 PB are now being analyzed at his center. Dr. Pijanowski often travels to “the ends of the Earth” to record extremely natural places and he is known for performing his “deep listening” exercises – listening and analyzing with no technology — in unusual places and times, like the top of the rainforest canopy in Borneo over an entire night. Studies span the use of soundscapes to understand how animal communities respond to wildfire, how livestock grazing in the eastern steppes affects ecosystem health, how changes in temperature and rainfall affect amphibian declines in the jungle, how climate change impacts glacier dynamics and how ocean acidification alters marine life in the Caribbean. The trailer from his film, now showing in the US and Canada, is on display at this conference.