Andrew Farnsworth (Cornell Ph.D. student) studies flight calls of migrating birds. These vocalizations are short in duration, variable in frequency, species-specific, and primarily nocturnal. As part of a larger study of the function of flight calls and flight calling behavior, Andrew is using a phylogeny of wood-warblers (family Parulidae) reconstructed from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to study what factors (e.g., body mass) might drive the variation in flight calls (e.g., frequency) among different species.
The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a five-day Sound Analysis Workshop three times each year (maximum class size in each is 10). The next sessions will run from:
— September 19 to 23, 2011 (10 places available)