Important Dates

  • February 1, 2008: Conference Registration Opens
    Registration Fees: Professional $275, Students $150

  • June 11, 2008: End of Early Registration
    Registration Fees: Professional $350, Students $170

  • June 30, 2008:
    Submission Deadline for 2-page abstracts from accepted applicants

  • July 10, 2008: Deadline for Conference rates at Hilton Garden Inn

  • August 12, 2008: Conference opens at 8:30 AM

  • August 15, 2008: Conference adjourns at 4:50 PM

  • Click to view full schedule here.


Below is a schedule of events. For more information, view the full list of poster presentations here.

Tuesday 8/12/2008
Day 1: Posters A-N (first author's last name)
8:30-8:40 Opening Remarks
8:40-9:25 Keynote Address Dr. Peter Marler
  Nature and Nurture: Vocal Communication in Birds and Monkeys
A. Popper Effects of human-generated sounds on fish
9:45 J. Miller Vocal improvisation in brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) is sensitive to social ecology and social companions
10:00-10:15 Break

K. Okanoya Song complexity in Bengalese finches: from ecology to molecules
10:35 C. Johnston Evolutionary patterns and characteristics of acoustic signals in darters (Percidae)
10:50 R. Ratnam Localizing and extracting individual calls in an anuran chorus using a microphone array
11:05 P. Madsen Echolocation of prey in free-ranging Blainville’s beaked whales
11:20 A. Denzinger Communication value of search signals in echolocating bats
11:35 E. Out-Nyarko Classification of stressful vocalizations of captive laying chickens using the Hidden Markov Model (HMM)
11:50 M. Trimble Mother-offspring recognition in the south American sea lion Otaria flavescens at Isla de Lobos, Uruguay
12:05 - 1:00 Lunch
P. Narins Environmental influences on the evolution of communication systems
1:20 A. Surlykke Intensity and directionality of bat echolocation calls measured in the field
1:40 M. Seibert Underwater calls of the Ross seal (Ommatophoca rossii)
1:55 - 4:00 Posters (refreshments at 3:00)

T. Tricas The potential of passive acoustic monitors to identify the activity of fish populations on Hawaiian coral reefs
4:15 S. Digweed Predator persistence, not predator type, explains call variation in red squirrels
4:30 J. Oswald Differences in whistle characteristics of two delphinid species in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea
4:45 O. Tervo Annual changes in the song of the bowhead whale Balaena mysticetus in Disko Bay, Western Greenland
5:00 T. Fink Details of acoustic substrate alarm communication through head-banging in the subterranean termites: Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki and Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar)
5:15 T. Freeberg Comparative studies of the chick-a-dee call of titmouse (Baeolophus) species
6:00 - 7:30 Outdoor Reception
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Sessions on Noise Impacts

K. Fristrup Estimating the costs of lost auditory awareness and habituation to noise
7:50 R. Dooling The effects of highway noise on birds
8:10 J. Cummings Scientific uncertainty, evolving management, and the emergence of an ethics of anthropogenic noise
8:25 D. Delaney Response of gopher tortoises to military training operations on Camp Shelby, MS, USA
8:40 P. Pettler Effect of highway noise on fish and birds
9:00 Adjourn


Wednesday 8/13/2008
Day 2: Posters A-N (first author's last name)

J. Sisneros Adaptive auditory plasticity in the vocal plainfin midshipman fish: getting in tune for the summer and its implication for acoustic communication
8:50 D. Mann Passive acoustic mapping of red hind grouper aggregation sites
9:10 C. Akcay Good neighbor, bad neighbor: Song sparrows play tit-for-tat in territorial defense
9:25 J. Ioup Cluster analysis of sperm whale coda clicks for identification of individuals
9:40 M. Bee Do female treefrogs experience comodulation masking release in the perception of male mating calls in a breeding chorus?
9:55 A. Vergne Crocodile egg signals hatching time to family
10:10-10:25 Break

T. Takahashi Auditory stream segregation by the barn owl
10:45 L. Sayigh Bottlenose dolphins do not use voice cues to recognize whistles of other dolphins
11:00 A. Taylor Hardware and software for continuous monitoring of the vocalizations of a cryptic parrot
11:15 H. Klinck PALAOA: From underwater soundscape to leopard seal ecology, a hydro-acoustic observatory for biological research
11:30 M. Dent The Cocktail Party Effect in Birds
11:45 R. Liu Communication processing in a mammalian auditory cortex: pre-wired or plastic?
12:00 J. Ratcliffe Multimodal warning signals for a multiple predator world
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

J. Simmons Matching of echoes to broadcast templates in bat sonar
1:35 S. Van Parijs Using passive acoustic tools to understand long term reproductive ecology of the ice breeding bearded seal faced with a rapidly changing environment
1:55 M. Holt Behavioral Correlations of Sound Production in Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)
2:10 K. Boyle Sound Production by the Sympatric Forcepsfish and Longnose Butterflyfish: Implications for Territorial Defense, Species Recognition, and Mate Recognition
2:25 S. Zollinger Limits on the independence of the two sides of the syrinx during two-voice phenomena in northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos)
2:40 J. Soltis Vocal production and acoustic variation of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) ‘rumble’ vocalizations.
2:55 M. Wahlberg Ontogeny in sound production in the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
3:10 - 3:25 Break

G. Ehret Acoustic Communication in house Mice
3:45 R. Schusterman Language learning studies in pinnipeds: sonic production and comprehension
4:05 C. Reichmuth Amphibious hearing in pinnipeds, revisited
4:20 M. Trawicki Distributed multi-channel speech enhancement of ortolan bunting (Emberiza Hortulana) Vocalizations
4:35 J. Miksis-Olds Sing it again Sam! Redundancy and repetition in Hawaiian and Australian humpback whale songs
4:50 D. Holt Signaling Without the Risk of Illegitimate Receivers: Do Predators Respond to the Acoustic Signals of Cyprinella (Cyprinidae)?
5:05 C. Gerhardt Evolution of complex acoustic signals
5:20 S. Patek Acoustic modalities in crustaceans: rumbling shrimp, buzzing crabs and rasping lobsters
6:00 Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 Evening Presentations: "Music and Nature" Julia Goodwin, Department of Music and Department of History, Oregonstate University resentation on Art and Animal Sound
Thursday 8/14/2008
Day 3: Posters O-Z (first author's last name)
8:30 - 9:15 Keynote Address Dr. Peter Slater
  A Tropical Perspective on Bird Song
9:15 W. Au Detection and discrimination of fish prey by echolocating odontocetes: role of the swimbladder
9:35 C. O'Connell-Rodwell The relative role of vocal and seismic communication within a multi-modal communication network in the African elephant bull (Loxodonta africana)
9:55 - 10:10 Break

E. Brenowitz Plasticity of adult avian song behavior
10:30 K. Adi Hidden Markov Model (HMM) based animal acoustic censusing
10:45 D. Risch Listening in an urban sanctuary: acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and fish
11:00 D. Rendall Recruiting aid or inhbiting attack? Alternative functions of agonistic scream vocalizations in primates
11:15 T. Riede Passive vocal fold elasticity in two ungulate species
11:30 Y. Yovel Bats use echolocation calls for individual recognition
11:45 H. Yurk Arbitrary syllable syntax variation in killer whale calls: a model for rapid change in dialects to produce vocal contrast without social separation
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
R. Fay Sound source segregation in noise by goldfish
1:20 T. Fitch The evolution of mammalian vocal communication: problem spaces and  solutions
1:55 - 4:00 Posters (refreshments at 3:00)

M. Kalcounis-Rüppell Individual Context of Ultrasonic Vocalizations Production by Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus)
4:20 V. Palacios Chirplet transform as a tool for the analysis of recordings of wolf chorus howls
4:35 S. Saar Rhythm development in the zebra finch song
4:50 J. Clarke For whom the elk bugles: signal design in a call with multiple receivers
5:05 M. Knoernschild Vocal repertoire ontogeny in the bat Saccopteryx bilineata – evidence for vocal learning
5:20 T. Feo The black-chinned hummingbird chirps with the tip of his tail: a scecond mode of feather flutter
6:30 Pizza and Taxa Dinner
8:30 Adjourn for the Day
Friday 8/15/2008 
Day 4: Posters O-Z (first author's last name)

A. Feng Frogs communicate with ultrasound in noisy environments
8:50 D. Fripp Low-Frequency Anthropogenic Sound Increases Stress Levels in Okapi
9:10 J. Kanwal Socioemotional vocal interactions in bats: acoustic cues and neural tuning
9:25 J. Locascio Development of a Call Detector Program for use with Localization Algorithms to Estimate the Location and Source Levels of Vocalizing Fishes
9:40 J. Mulsow Aerial hearing sensitivity in a Steller sea lion
9:55 J. Barber Acoustic mimicry in bat-moth interactions: aerial battles in 3D
10:10-10:25 Break

A. Simmons Analysis of chorus structure in natural bullfrog assemblages
10:45 D. Moretti Opportunistic studies of beaked whale vocal activity and sonar using passive acoustics on navy ranges in the Bahamas and Southern California
11:00 K. Sockman The quality of male mating-signals influences the behavior and physiology of male receivers
11:15 B. de Boer Modeling the acoustics of air sacs
11:30 D. Higgs The evolution of high frequency hearing in teleost fishes
11:45 C. Vignal Social context influences acoustic communication in zebra finches
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

M. Betts Social information trumps vegetation structure in breeding site selection by a migrant songbird
1:20 S. Glaser Call classification in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)
1:35 M. Cook Auditory evoked potential (AEP) measurements in stranded rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis)
1:50 J. Corfield Evolution of hearing in the New Zealand kiwi (Apteryx mantelli)
2:05 E. Rowland Acoustic communication in Lymantriid moths: bioacoustic signals mediate short-range orientation behaviour
2:20 X. Bernal Acoustic radiation patterns of mating calls of the túngara frog (Physalaemus pustulosus): Implications for multiple receivers
2:35 S. Parks Characterization of ambient noise levels and the acoustic behavior of right whales in three seasonal habitat areas
2:50 M. Fine Does muscle fatigue limit advertisement calling in the oyster toadfish Opsanus tau?
3:05 - 3:20 Break

F. Ladich Sound communication in fishes: it’s a noisy world
3:35 C. Templeton Spatial movement patterns of juvenile song sparrows affect song learning
3:50 D. Mountain The biophysics of cetacean hearing
4:05 L. Jakobsen Adaptive sound beam directionality changes during prey pursuit in vespertilionid bats
4:20 D. Wilson Mechanisms of mate investment in the polygamous fowl, Gallus gallus
4:35 A. Stimpert Potential for masking of humpback whale social sounds in the “noisy bar” of the Hawaiian breeding grounds
4:50 Adjourn