Educational Research Grants – 2013
SMBAS is proud to announce the following grants made in January, 2013:
Laurel Klein Serieys – continuing her PhD research on the effects of rodenticides on the bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is the sixth year we have supported Laurel’s research in pursuing her PhD at UCLA. See Laurel’s website for more information: http://www.urbancarnivores.com/
Richard Hedley – UCLA student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in conjunction with the Electrical Engineering Department is working to develop a template-based computer algorithm that will permit rapid assessment of bird species diversity from field recordings.
“Unsupervised recordings have been used for flight-call monitoring of migratory birds, endangered bird species monitoring, and biodiversity research. Organizations that have utilized these technologies have found that they produce datasets consisting of thousands of hours of contiguous recordings; the limiting factor is not our ability to record soundscapes, but our ability to extract useful information from those recordings. As a result, recent research has focused on the development of automated species recognition algorithms that can automatically identify species from long recordings without human intervention.”
Tanner Saul – High School Senior assisting Laurel Serieys. He is responsible for tracking a radio-collared bobcat in Topanga. Using animal signs on the trails and radio telemetry data from the bobcat, Tanner chooses locations for wildlife cameras and independently monitors the cameras. He is monitoring both the frequency of notoedric mange in Topanga and the movement patterns and health of the collared bobcat. Since March 2012 he has worked over 400 hours on this project, averaging 3 days per week. [Lillian Johnson]