Undergraduate Matthew Lam is describing Blue Jay jeer calls, which are given when Blue Jays mob predators and in social contexts. He is using audio recordings of jeer calls in Macaulay Library’s collection and measuring characteristics of the calls with Raven (a program developed by the Bioacoustics Research Program, here at the Lab of Ornithology). The recordings where the recordist documented the behavior of the blue jays are most valuable to this research. The calls can then be compared and classified to describe different jeer call types.
He also supported Nicola Love’s work by measuring Blue Jay feeding behavior during Nicola’s experiments.
He is mentored by Janelle Morano.