The Cacophony Project Community

The Cacophony Project is nothing without its community of designers, developers, researchers, supporters, and friends. This is where we recognise people who have given us the benefit of their time and expertise!

The Team

These people have contributed to the project by giving us the benefit of their expertise and time. Nothing happens without their hard work, so many thanks!

  • Menno Finlay-Smits - Project Manager/lead developer
  • Cameron Ryan-Pears - Main engineer for the project
  • Grant Ryan - Project initiator/coordinator
  • Clare McLennan - Software engineer
  • Tim Hunt (Wintec) - Cacophonometer lead developer
  • Matthew Aitchison - Machine Learning
  • Arthur McGregor - Software engineer
  • Andy Saunders - Software engineer
  • David Blake - Software engineer and rat videos
  • Simon Matthews - Software engineer
  • Ben Biddington - Software engineer
  • Jessica Lyons - Social media (Concentrate Ltd)
  • Finn Maunsell - Cacophony Index - birdsong analysis
  • Pete Higgins - Mechanical engineer (paintball gun!)
  • Dave Lane - Open source design and Drupal CMS integration
  • Brent Martin - Machine learning (University of Canterbury)
  • Elaine Murphy (DOC) - Animal behaviour expert
  • The folks at Living Springs who are helping with testing and hosting us for meetings
  • Roger McKenzie - Hardware technical advice
  • Gray Rathgen - Designer
  • Kate Haley - Supporter
  • Paul Campbell - Electronics design
  • Tim Sjoberg (ZIP) - animal behaviour 
  • Mark Nikoria (Wintec) - Data visualsation
  • Michael Busby - Website design and development
  • Max Johns - Content
  • Matt Kavermann - Digital lures
  • Nigel Sharplin and Logan Stephens from Infact - mechanical design of waterproofing
  • Donald  McKellar - software testing
  • Alex James and Michael Plank (University of Canterbury) - Modelling and statistics
  • Stephen Marsland (Massey University) - Bird song analysis
  • Shaun Hendy - Science supporter

Friends of the Project

These kind folks and organisations have provided their support, promoted us to their networks, or have generally helped us along the way!

Main financial contributors


Other companies offering services for free for the project

Other supporters

We’re pretty sure that if you listen hard enough, you can hear the birds thanking our supporters.