Master's student, Ornithology
Kara’s supervisors are Karen Rowe at Museum Victoria, and Raoul Mulder at the University of Melbourne.
Kara completed her BSc at the University of Melbourne, Australia, majoring in marine biology.
In 2013, Kara began her Master’s at Museum Victoria, looking into developing novel methods of surveying Australian bird communities.
Kara is currently undertaking her Master’s degree at Museum Victoria in conjunction with the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne. In her project, Kara is interested in developing autonomous digital recordings of birdcalls to effectively survey bird communities.
Currently, human-based visual surveys are the most commonly used surveying technique in assessing bird communities, despite its prohibitive and costly limitations. Using autonomous recording units to record bird communities may provide an effective alternative to more traditional surveying techniques.
Firstly, once we’ve finished collecting audio footage, we can analyze the digital recordings we obtained in order to determine what species are present at a site. By importing audio footage into call recognition software, we will be able to identify a suite of characteristics for each species in order to generate species-specific call recognizers, which can then be used to efficiently detect species from future audio surveys. This could lead to surveys becoming both more accessible and more efficient, meaning time and funding can be then be reallocated to other conservation management issues.