Got married

16 December 2016

After many years, I finally got married...

to Thalassa Matthews in the most fabulous ceremony in Betty's Bay.  

Thalassa & John's wedding

Thanks to everyone who made it such a special day.

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Publicity for Counting Chirps

11 December 2016

A piece in The Conversation about aSCR

Read the article

This piece gives a non-technical overview of why aSCR is such a useful method.

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MeaseyLab mannequin challenge

07 December 2016

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Lab braai

07 December 2016

End of year Lab braai

After the extreme nature of the Mannequin Challenge, we all found time to relax at Ana's place for a braai. 

MeaseyLab Braai 2016

Thanks everyone for making it such a fantastic year!


aSCR paper out

01 December 2016

Counting chirps - paper appears in Journal of Applied Ecology

At long last, the paper outlining a practical example of aSCR is available in Journal of Applied Ecology. The paper uses data from the Honours project of Tanya Scott who used 3 arrays of 6 microphones each over an entire season of calling of Arthroleptella lightfooti in Silvermine on the Cape peninsula. Tanya's data was re-analysed using Ben Stevenson's methods of aSCR and written up to show how the technique can be used in practice to monitor a species in an applied setting.

J Appl Ecol

One unexpected result was that the estimate of effective survey area showed that this changed quite dramatically between occassions. This is important as most techniques which use microphones are not aware that such fluctuations may occur and so many monitoring programs may have uncontrolled bias.

Read another blog on this article here.

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