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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group



I am a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow based within the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. I also hold an honorary fellowship at University College London’s CBER, a Scientific Advisor position at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), and am an Academic Visitor at Imperial College London. Previously I worked as a Researcher (Forsker) at NINA designing and deploying a pilot nationwide eco-acoustic monitoring network. This followed my PhD and a short postdoc at Imperial College London, where I worked across the Departments of Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Design Engineering.


Research Overview

I work on autonomous ecosystem monitoring , with a focus on using the sounds of an environment to track biodiversity and ecological health on large scales. This has included developing and deploying real-time monitoring devices and infrastructure (Bugg) and interpreting audio data with a variety of machine learning approaches.
Listen to audio from a network we deployed in the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project, located in the tropical rainforests of Borneo at the SAFE Acoustics website. Also, explore data from our national-scale bird monitoring work in Norway at The Sound of Norway website.
I am also involved with work developing tools and approaches for cross-disciplinary highly comparative time-series analysis (hctsa), including the analyses behind the CompEngine website.

Key Publications

Herschel Smith Fellow
Sarab Singh Sethi

Contact Details

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