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|Mission||From analyzing the social vocal communications of tigers, The Prusten Project seeks to define what makes an individual tiger's call unique in hopes of developing non-invasive acoustic monitoring. Such a project would be implemented through microphone arrays placed strategically over the tiger’s home ranges to be used as a tool for conservation censusing and anti-poaching efforts.|
The Prusten Project is an innovative project which combines the fields of conservation biology, bioacoustics, animal behavior, and ecology to study the social vocalizations of tigers. Determining if tigers do have unique vocalizations per sex, age, or individual could lead to new methods of remote monitoring which could allow a more efficient as well as minimally disruptive census of critical populations where dense jungle prohibits visual confirmation. A project of this magnitude will be the first of its kind for tropical mammals—specifically large carnivores. Acoustic monitoring holds the promise of more efficient protection efforts and decrease in the potential for local crime rates related to poaching rings, as a more accurate census would allow law enforcement to focus on core areas. Collaborators from the Fauna Communications Research Institute, Elephant Listening Project, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Panthera, and the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Lab continue to make this research endeavor become a reality.
Recipient of the American Association of Zookeepers Merit in Conservation Award (2013)
UCA College of Science and Mathematics Student Research Fund (2012, 2013)