My name is Ines Moran and I conduct research in the field of bioacoustics. Sound is everywhere! When sound is produced, molecules vibrate. These vibrations then travel through a medium until they dissipate or until they reach a receiver's ear. Many animals produce sound and use this communication strategy to exchange information.

 

My research focuses on bird communication. For my research, I monitor, record bird populations, conduct field experiments, analyze animal vocalizations, and I share the results of my research.

 

Many questions about animal communication remain to be answered, and in my spare time, I like to think about the following questions: When and how did acoustic communication evolve?  Why and how do vocal dialects form? How do animals learn their vocalizations? Why do animals produce different types of vocalizations? How widespread is referential and combinatorial communication in the animal kingdom? What kinds of new acoustic technologies can help advance our understanding of animal communication?

 

Photo credit: Stephanie Doucet 2015

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Photo credit: Katie McGuire 2017

Photo credit: Katie McGuire 2017

Photo credit: Ines Moran 2017