During the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, students will spend the summer tackling research and creative projects on campus with faculty. More than 30 Carthage students have been selected to take part in SURE this year. 

What can you expect from a summer of research at Carthage? Read about students’ experiences below! 

See the 2022 SURE participants

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Examination of cao-vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) vocalizations

Deployment of caracal acoustic recorder used to collect gibbon vocalizations in Northern Vietnam Abby Groszek ’23
Lexi Menendez ’23

Faculty advisor: Prof. Angela Dassow

What question are you trying to answer?:
“We are examining the feasibility of finding precise locations of a critically endangered species of primate called the cao vit gibbon. This species of gibbon lives in limestone karst rainforests of northern Vietnam and we are using a novel technique called passive acoustic multilateration to determine its location within the rainforest environment. We have collected vocalizations from gibbons in this region and we are currently analyzing these recordings to build a map of daily gibbon locations. In addition to building a map of gibbon movement, we are examining the acoustic properties of the gibbon calls as part of a long-term effort to acquire individual vocal identification of each group member. In other words, is passive acoustic multilateration a practical method of locating individual cao vit gibbons? If so, how can this data support their conservation efforts?”

Abby Groszek '23 and Lexi Menendez '23 analyze recordings of cao-vit gibbon vocalizations. How are you conducting your research?
“Raven Pro 1.6.3, a software established by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, allows us to listen to audio files collected by the Canid Howl Project research team, Fauna & Flora International, and the Gibbon Conservation Trust from Northern Vietnam. Using this program, we are able to mark gibbon vocalizations, indicate the sex of the calling gibbon, collect time and frequency measurements of calls, and note whether or not they are calling alone or with another gibbon. Once all of the gibbons have been located in our individual data files, we will mark reference points on the calls and we can use these reference points to triangulate a location of the calling animal.”

 

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