Sandy Gaunt

Curator emerita
Research Associate

Sandy retired as the curator of the lab in 2002.

She still comes in weekly and helps digitize recordings for the collection.

Sandy's research focused on animal vocal communication, broadly comparative in nature involving such diverse groups as dolphins, doves, cranes, parrots, hummingbirds and parids (chickadees and tits). Most recent research primarily on hummingbird song dialects, the evolution of parid vocal complexity, and bioacoustics as applied to conservation.

Sandy's publications include:

Nelson, D. A., S.L.L. Gaunt, C.L. Bronson & T.J. Kloth, Jr. 2001. Database design for an Archive of Animal Sounds. IEEE Engin. Med. Biol. 20(3):76-80.

McCallum, D. A., F. B. Gill & S.L.L. Guant. 2001. Community assembly patterns of Parids along an elevational gradient in western China. Wilson Bull. 113(1): 53-64.

Nelson, D.A., S.L.L. Gaunt, K.Beeman, C.L. Bronson, S.C. Burnett & J.E. Hough II. 1999. The Digital Archiving Project at the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics. J. of the Acoust. Soc. Am. 106: 2190.

Baptista, L.F. & S.L.L. Gaunt. 1999. Cognitive processes in avian vocal development. In: Adams, N. J. & Slotow, R. H. (eds) Proc. XXII International Ornithological Congress, Durban: 138-155. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa.

Baptista, L.F., D.A. Nelson & S.L.L. Gaunt. 1998. Cognitive processes in avian vocal acquisition. In: Animal Cognition in Nature (Kamil, A.C., R. Balda & I. M. Pepperberg eds.), Academic Press, New York pp. 245-273.

Khanna, H., S.L.L. Gaunt & D.A. McCallum 1997. Digital spectrographic cross-correlation, tests of sensitivity. Bioacoustics 7: 209-234.

Baptista, L.F. & S.L.L. Gaunt. 1997. Bioacoustics as a tool in conservation studies. In: Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild (J.R. Clemmons & R. Buchholz eds.) Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. pp 212-242.

Baptista, L.F. & S.L.L. Gaunt. 1997. Social Interaction and Vocal Development in Birds. In: Social Interaction Influences on Vocal Development. (C.T. Snowden & M. Hausberger eds.), Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. pp 23-42.

Gaunt, S.L.L. 1996. Song displays, song dialects, and lek mating systems in hummingbirds. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 99:2532.

Kroodsma, D.E., G.F. Budney, R.W. Grotke, J. Vielliard, R. Ranft, O.D. Veprintseva & S.L.L. Gaunt. 1996. Natural Sound Archives. In: Ecology and Evolution of Acoustic Communication among Birds. Cornell Univ..Press.

Gaunt, A.S., T.L. Bucher, S.L.L. Gaunt and L.F. Baptista. 1996. Commentary, Is singing costly? The Auk 113:718-721.

Baptista, L.F. and S.L.L. Gaunt. 1994. Advances in studies of avian sound communication. Condor 96:817-830.

Gaunt, S.L.L., L.F. Baptista, J.E. Sanchez and D. Hernandez. 1994. Song learning as evidenced from song sharing in two hummingbird species (Colibri coruscans and C. thalassinus). The Auk: 111:87-103.

Areas of Expertise
  • Comparative bioacoustics
  • Bioacoustics as a conservation tool