About Us


Open Acoustic Devices is the trading name of Open Conservation Technology Limited; a UK-based company that designs, supports and deploys open-source acoustic hardware and software for our user community, as well as our own environmental and wildlife monitoring projects.


Our main product is AudioMoth, which has been used in multiple applications, including automating the search for an elusive insect species, monitoring poaching by gunshot and listening for ultrasonic bat calls.


Our goal is to improve the accessibility and usability of acoustic technology for conservation using open-science. 

Thinking of using AudioMoth in a new project? We consult and collaborate to deliver custom firmware and hardware for unique projects. Contact us to discuss how we can work with you to get your AudioMoth project going.

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You can contact the team at theteam@openacousticdevices.info, and follow what we do on Twitter at @OpenAcoustics.

How we started

Open Acoustic Devices started as a research project at the University of Southampton, under co-supervision of Alex Rogers, Jake Snaddon and Patrick Doncaster. Andy Hill led the hardware development, Peter Prince the software development, Evelyn Piña Covarrubias the field tests, and Lydia Katsis the sound analysis. Our original project involved monitoring anthropogenic disturbances in the tropical forests of Belize. We deployed AudioMoths to listen for sounds of shotguns that would identify poaching hotspots in nature reserves. You can participate in the analysis of data from that deployment here.


Jake Snaddon

Environmental Scientist

University of Southampton


Evelyn Piña Covarrubias

Conservation ecologist

University of Southampton


Patrick Doncaster

Professor of Ecology

University of Southampton


Lydia Katsis

Postgraduate Research Student

University of Southampton