We started out studying how animals respond to anthropogenic noise, but quickly realized that we also need to better understand the sound environment itself. And that's where soundscapes come in.
Soundscapes can be considered the collective sounds of an environment. The bird song, the frog calls, the traffic and construction noise, and the wind and rain.
Research on soundscapes is funded by a grant from the Eppley Foundation for Scientific Research and Western Michigan University's Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award.