saracoutinho

Entrou: 19 de fev. de 2019 Última vez ativo: 06 de out. de 2022 iNaturalist NZ

Plants are cool. Fungi are weird - and cool. Birds are pretty groovy too.

I'm a user experience/user interface designer by trade and also do a bit of front-end development. If you've seen the new iNaturalist NZ landing page, I might have had something to do with it. =)

A while ago (2019) I embarked on a new journey and took a diploma in Applied Science at Lincoln University, focusing mostly on ecology. There I did a research project that compared different methods used for bird detection, including automated audio recorders. That meant hours of looking at spectrograms - and weirdly, I sort of enjoyed it! I got to see all sorts of exciting things and shared some of them here. It's great that the iNat community (you!) has helped me identify dubious bird calls. How cool is that?
In case you're interested, here are the results:
https://saracoutinho.co.nz/research/SCIE393-Report_Sara-Alves-Coutinho.pdf

Because randomness is the spice of life, I also spent last summer (2020) recording the sounds of native birds all around Christchurch. This involved carrying a satellite dish (ahem, parabolic microphone) around and pointing it at birds.

Last year (2021) I worked on something cool called KiwiViz, an interactive visualisation that lets you discover what kiwi do in the shadows: see how far they roam, hear how often they call and uncover who they are interacting with.
https://kiwiviz.atarausanctuary.co.nz

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