Empirical project

The aim of this module is to involve small groups of students in the design and implementation of light, “taster” empirical projects in an area of bioacoustics and using the tools introduced during the modules. Students will be expected to prepare the publication of the project results (regardless of outcome/significance). Three to six groups of 2 to 3 students will work on a project predefined by DR, NM and FS (project tutors). These projects will be directly linked to ongoing research conducted by ENES postdocs or PhD students.



Short communication, format Biology Letters + group presentation (powerpoint). 


Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, a successful student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to design a simple experimental study related to Bioacoustics. 

2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a simple experimental study related to Bioacoustics as part of a group.

3. Demonstrate the ability to report and illustrate the outcome of a simple experimental study in scientific format. 



Week 1 (13th September): project choices

Weeks 2-6 and 9-12: weekly open-door sessions

Week 13 (6th December): Project finalisation: open door week

Monday morning: 3-hour lecture on how to write and format an article for submission, the submission and review processes, acceptance, proofing and dissemination. Based on the instructions for Biology Letters and Proceedings B.

Other days: open door. 

Week 14 (13th December): Project assessment - Group Presentations

Week 13 & 14 (6 ECTS)




David Reby, Nicolas Mathevon, Frédéric Sèbe