The Elephant Listening Project
Using data from the Syracuse Zoo, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and Dzanga Bai in Central African Republic, we have shown that elephants produce interesting seismic signals at the same time they produce acoustic ones. Current issues are whether they sense and use the signals that they produce and how these signals propagate in various habitats. We are working with the Bioacoustics Laboratory at Cornell University on the 2 Terabytes of data we obtained from remote listening sites we deployed in Loango Park, Gabon, Africa in March 2007. The primary purpose of this project is to determine the effects on elephant behavior of seismic oil and gas exploration in the park. Articles on the project can be found at Ithaca College's Fuse Magazine and the newsletter for the School of Humanities and Science Knowledges.