Aaron Marcus-Willers

Post-graduation Research Fellow Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA New York University Abu Dhabi

Research Areas: Acoustic Ecology; Ecology; Urban Development

Aaron Marcus-Willers is a Post-graduation Research Fellow with the CITIES Center for Interacting Urban Networks. His research centers around an interdisciplinary project that focuses on assessing and demonstrating the impacts of large-scale urban development on both human and wildlife populations in the Abu Dhabi islands through acoustic surveys of biophonic and anthrophonic sound, as well as through quantitative, questionnaire-based research among affected populations. The project proposes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges acoustic ecology with the fields of environmental, digital, and spatial humanities, in which field recordings and their spectral analyses will be compiled with interview-based data in a multimodal representation of data-based storytelling. He hopes this project will also create a foundation for further research in this area—a primarily understudied topic in the region—by creating an open repository of high-quality acoustic and survey-based data.

Aaron graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2022 with a BA in Music and a Chinese language minor.