The Use of mobile phones for conducting acoustic surveys of calling amphibians

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Title: The Use of mobile phones for conducting acoustic surveys of calling amphibians
Author: Vaala, David
Abstract: Although real-time acoustic surveys by human observers are the most common and widespread protocol in use for calling amphibian monitoring, new methods have surfaced with technological advancements; most notably automated recording. Automated recording can gather large amounts of survey data with minimal effort. Mobile phone technology has the potential to be used as a tool for calling amphibian monitoring. I conducted a study in 2006 to evaluate mobile phone capabilities in this regard. While conducting standard acoustic surveys of calling amphibians in the field, I made simultaneous recordings using a digital voice recorder and a mobile phone. I listened to the recordings made by both devices in random order as an expert observer, and identified the species as I heard them. Next, I trained volunteers and had them conduct surveys of the recordings as I had done. I found no differences in expert detection errors between recordings made using the digital recorder and those made using a mobile phone. However the same comparison of volunteer detection errors showed that there were significantly more under-detections found in recordings made with the mobile phone, and significantly more over-detections in recordings made using the digital recorder. After upgrading microphones and repeating the study in 2007, I found no differences in total detection errors for either expert or volunteers between recordings made using both devices.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/12997
Date: 2010-06

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