Research Area: Audio Lab
Areas of Expertise: Bioacoustics, Biodiversity Assessment, Instrumentation (Environmental) , Signal Processing: Audio, Signal Processing: Image
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department teaching environmental electronics and sustainable engineering in Introduction to Electronic Systems (first year), Environmental Monitoring and Instrumentation (third year), Design and Construction (third year) and Data Communication Techniques (Digital Systems Engineering MSc). I am coordinator of the Internet and Wireless Computing MSc.
My academic career started in this department when I studied for a BSc and then a DPhil between 1979 and 1986. I was in the first cohort of the Electronics Department. My DPhil project was the development of low rate speech communication systems for use over poor radio channels such as HF radio.
I was appointed as a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering Department (now the Engineering Department) at Hull University in 1986. Between 1986 and 2001, I taught a wide range of subjects including artificial intelligence, radar systems, error control coding, industrial electronics, telecommunication systems, environmental sensing, remote sensing and analogue signal processing. I was responsible for the introduction of the first environmental teaching initiative in an electronics degree. I also have an HNC in Countryside Management from Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire.
My research interests lie in the application of electronics and computing technology to biology, ecology and entomology, particularly in the areas of automated species identification and biodiversity informatics. My research at present includes:
– ANOPLORISK: identification of quarantine insect species using acoustics (Defra-funded project);
– automated soundscape identification (EPSRC-funded and involving the Universities of Southampton and Newcastle) - now completed;
– automated identification of vehicles using acoustic and seismic signals - now completed;
– development of very large scale ad hoc sensor networks for early detection of invasive insect pests;
– development of hand-held species identifiers using acoustics (e.g. insects, bats);
– investigation into light pollution and lightscape modelling for biodiversity studies (e.g. effects of light pollution on animals);
– automated identification of insects (flies, bees, Harlequin ladybirds) and fungal pathogens of plants using image processing.
I visited Japan twice as a visiting Fellow (Chiba Natural History Museum and FFPRI in Morioka) and China (Shandong University, Jinan) in 2008 as a visiting Professor.
Professional Qualifications and Activities
I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES), a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (FIAgrE), a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). I have served on the Council of the RES.
I am currently Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Region of the Institute of Acoustics.
My main entomological interests are in Lepidoptera (moths) and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) and I am actively involved with recording moth species in Yorkshire, YNU (Yorkshire Naturalists' Union) Orthoptera and Symphyta Recorder, Secretary to the Entomological Section of the YNU and Chair of the YNU Lepidotera Group. I am also a member of the Selby Biodiversity Action Plan Committee and the East Riding of Yorkshire Biodiversity Partnership, and am involved with writing moth species action plans.
I am currently on the organising committee of the European Congress of Entomology in York in 2014.