Nurul Iza Adrina is a PhD candidate at USM. Her study of gibbon populations in Taman Negara National Park and Merapoh, Pahang uses bioacoustics monitoring technology as a tool to understand the behaviour and ecology of Malaysia’s wild gibbons. To enable her to develop the skills to analyse her data, Iza received a THF Travel Grant to participate in a Sound Analysis Workshop at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The workshop, which was designed specifically to aid researchers in analysing animal vocalizations is helping Iza to broaden the scope of her research.
Iza’s research, which is implemented with Batek co-researchers, uses autonomous recorders to collect data on habitat occupancy, with the greater objective of determining home range size. Additionally, using the specialized Raven Pro software, she has the tools to use spectrograms to analyse the singing patterns of gibbons and siamangs in Peninsular Malaysia.
It is anticipated that she will be able to share some of the skills acquired from the training with her colleagues at the School of Biological Sciences to help them better understand and apply bioacoustic techniques.
The Lar Gibbon is one of two species of small ape found in Taman Negara National Park.
This photo was taken by Peter Ong of #Project Monyet, a photographic journey to capture images of all Malaysia’s wonderful primates. Project Monyet is holding an exhibition at Ruang, Think City from 16 – 28 November 2019. It really should not be missed.