Taylor E. Shaw




since 2019    

PhD candidate within the ConFoBi Research Training Group (Faculty of Biology - Geobotany)

2017     MSc, Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia


BA, Psychology, Colgate University


Current Research

I am interested in soundscape ecology as it pertains to terrestrial ecosystems, namely temperate and boreal forests with a degree of active or historic management. Specifically I focus on how acoustic diversity (1) can be quantified to reflect avian diversity; (2) can track phenological changes within avian communities, and (3) how that relates to management-driven forest structural elements important for biodiversity. 

Link to full project description here:  https://confobi.uni-freiburg.de/en/projects/b7-soundscapes

More generally my research explores how soundscapes can be quantified to reflect biodiversity in different contexts, and how acoustic monitoring can be effectively employed as a high-resolution biodiversity monitoring tool.


Peer-reviewed Publications

Müller, S., Gossner, M. M, Penone, C., Jung, K., Renner, S. C., Farina, A., Shaw, T. et al. 2022. “Land-Use Intensity and Landscape Structure Drive the Acoustic Composition of Grasslands.” Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.

Shaw, T., Hedes, R., Sandstrom, A., Ruete, A., Hiron, M., Hedblom, M., Eggers, S., Mikusinski, G. (2021). Hybrid bioacoustic and ecoacoustic analyses provide new links between bird assemblages and habitat quality in a winter boreal forest. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators (11), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indic.2021.10014 1

Shaw, T., Müller, S., Scherer-Lorenzen , M(2021). Slope does not affect autonomous recorder detection shape: considerations for acoustic monitoring in forested landscapes. Bioacoustics, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09524622.2021.1925590 

Müller, S., Shaw, T., Güntert, D., Helm Bold, L., contactor, N., Thomas, L.,  Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2020). Ecoacoustics of small forest patches in agricultural landscapes: acoustic diversity and bird richness increase with patch size. Biodiversity, 1-13.   https://doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2020.1733086

Shaw, TE (2019). Species diversity in restoration plantings: Important factors for increasing the diversity of threatened tree species in the restoration of the Araucaria forest ecosystem. Plant Diversity, 41 (2): 84-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pld.2018.08.002


Projects and Collaborations

ConFoBi : Conservation of Forest Biodiversity in Multiple-Use Landscapes of Central Europe

Dr. FOREST (Diversity of FORESTs affecting human health (BiodivERsA call 2018))


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