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Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)

CBER is an interdisciplinary centre within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Staff and students in the centre undertake research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental change, and are actively engaged in communicating new research and relating findings to policy.

Sapo National Park Liberia by Ben Collen

CBER offers training opportunities, including hosting postdoctoral fellows and supervising research students through the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership and MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation.

CBER News and Events

Biases of acoustic indices measuring biodiversity in urban areas

Ecoacoustic monitoring uses the sounds emitted by wildlife as a proxy measure for biodiversity. Massive volumes of ecoacoustic data can now be generated using passive acoustic recorders, but extracting useful information about the biodiversity sounds recorded in this data is unfeasible without automated methods. Acoustic indices (AIs) are algorithms which generate community-level measures of biodiversity, such as activity, diversity and disturbance, from audio data. However, the suitability of ecoacoustics for monitoring urban biodiversity, and the performance of AIs on the noisy audio data typically generated in cities, is unknown.

Published: Aug 17, 2017 3:58:50 PM

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.
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The story is also featured on BBC News website and BBC Radio.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 10:12:09 AM