Scientific Program

The Scientific Committee of the Ecoacoustics Congress is soliciting abstracts for contributed talks and posters for the 2018 International Society of Ecoacoustics congress.

Ecoacoustics is an interdisciplinary science that investigates natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship with the environment over a wide range of study scales, both spatial and temporal, including populations, communities and landscapes. Ecoacoustics operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics (

Deadline for all abstracts is  4th  February 2018.

Submission deadline  for all abstracts and proposals has been extended to 11th February 2018


Contributed talks and posters

Abstracts for contributed talks (oral presentation) and posters can be submitted on any aspect related to ecoacoustics. We welcome abstracts based on any scientific discipline or focus (theory, method, analysis, tool or case study) provided there is some link to ecology and acoustics. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and successful contributors will be notified by 4th  March 11March 2018. Please note, the number of timeslots for contributed talks is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate all those who select ‘talk’ as their preference.  In this case, successful contributors will be allocated a poster presentation instead, at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

Abstract submission has now closed.

If you have questions about your submission please contact Dr Susan Fuller (


Poster guidelines

Please download this template for your poster. Note these posters will be displayed on large screens (the Cube at QUT).

We recommend font size for the body of your poster to be no smaller than 6pt. For captions, we recommend no smaller than 5pt. For best display, do not use a white background on the poster. You may remove the header and conference logo on this template.

Please submit your poster via email to by Friday 1 June 2018. Please also bring your poster on a USB flash drive or have a backup of the file available in a web-accessible location (eg. email or Dropbox).


IMPORTANT: This template is configured for the large electronic screens that will be used to display your poster. Do not change the template dimensions, otherwise you risk your poster not displaying correctly.


Abstract Guidelines

Please use Arial 11 point font with 1.5 line spacing and format your abstract using the following headings and order:

  • Type (oral or poster)
  • Title (max 20 words)
  • Authors & Affiliations (presenting author marked in bold font)
  • Abstract (max 300 words)



Oral Presentation


Disentangling landscape and vegetation drivers of soundscape quality in urban forest remnants

Authors & Affiliations

Tucker, D. 1, Gage, S. 2, Williamson, I. 1 and Fuller, S. 1

1 Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

2 Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA.


Natural landscapes are increasingly subjected to anthropogenic pressure and fragmentation resulting in biodiversity loss and reduced ecological condition. Previous studies in eastern Australia have revealed a strong relationship between soundscape patterns, ecological condition and the extent of landscape fragmentation. However the effect that vegetation structure and species richness has on soundscape patterns remains little studied. Our goal in the current study was to examine the vegetation/soundscape relationship in urban forest remnants characterized by two different vegetation communities, spotted gum open forest and scribbly gum woodland.

Our results indicate that landscape attributes, particularly patch size and extent of road fragmentation, are the primary drivers of soundscape patterns in both vegetation communities. Large, remnant forest patches close to conservation areas exhibit higher soundscape quality (normalized difference soundscape index; NDSI) than small urban fragments. However, soundscape quality was also related to a number of different vegetation structural attributes in spotted gum and scribbly gum forests. For example, native shrub cover was negatively correlated with soundscape quality in spotted gum forests, but positively correlated in scribbly gum woodland.  Neither vegetation type displayed any significant correlation between NDSI and native vegetation species richness.  We did not identify any one vegetation attribute that could be positively correlated with soundscape patterns in both vegetation communities.

Comparison to a benchmark (or ‘natural’) site revealed that different patterns were related to disturbance and reduced vegetation quality; spotted gum forests in an undisturbed state have sparse shrub cover, while scribbly gum woodlands are characterized by a shrubby heath layer when in pristine condition. We conclude that soundscape patterns in urban forest remnants are strongly influenced by landscape fragmentation, disturbance and resultant changes in vegetation quality.