Soundbites is a weekly (biweekly, occasionally) feature of the coolest, newest bioacoustics, soundscape, and acoustic research, in bite-size form. Plus other cool stuff having to do with sound. Can you believe it’s already December? 

Okay, so, the holiday season is upon us, and I thought I would do something a little different (mostly because end-of-term has meant I am fed up with reading papers and would rather look at holiday stuff). Today I present to you: a holiday gift guide for your favorite bioacoustician.

Species of interest cookie cutters: who doesn’t love holiday cookies? Better yet, let’s make holiday cookies in the shapes of bioacoustically relevant species! You’ve got your suite of marine mammals: seals, dolphins, and whales. Let’s throw in a bat for good measure. And of course, we can’t forget about my frogs! And let’s put a penguin in there for Michelle.

Really nice noise-canceling headphones: because we listen to a lot of stuff.

Xtratuf boots: land or sea, it doesn’t matter–a good pair of waterproof boots are necessary for any field season, anywhere.

Acoustics-themed art: how about a print of a waveform of something important to your bioacoustician of choice (like frog calls)? No? Well, you can always get a spectrogram poster instead.

But really, I think all the grad students in ORCAA can all relate to the following comic:

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(“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Jam, www.phdcomics.com)

Happy holidays!

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2 thoughts on “Soundbites for the week of Dec 1 – 5 (aka the Holiday Gift Guide for Bioacousticians)

  1. Going to bed in Antarctica tonight (land of the midnight sun) and realized I was starting to forget about Christmas. Luckily Danielle has steered me back to the holidays with some fine fine gift ideas. I particularly like the penguin cookie cutter. When I get home perhaps ORCAA can have a New Year’s party and we’ll make those cookies.

    Sending acoustic waves from the South Pole.
    Miche

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