Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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Research Featured in New Scientist

12th September 2013

New Scientist Issue 2932
New Scientist Issue 2932
Our research into the use of smartphones to for biodiversity monitoring has been featured in New Scientist.

The New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK and, having not been seen for many years, is at great danger of becoming extinct. One of my PhD students, Davide Zilli, is investigating whether or not the millions of annual visitors to the New Forest National Park can be turned into mobile biodiversity sensors, using the smartphones that they carry with them.

"Biologists like Kenichi Ueda of the website iNaturalist.org are pretty excited. 'If their technique can be generalised to identify the sounds of any animal and not just cicadas, then I think the stage is set for some kind of Animal Shazam service that will tell you what crickets are chirping in your backyard, or what shrieking bird just woke you up at 4 am.'"

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