Dr. David Chesmore  BSc, DPhil, CEnv, FIAgrE, FRES, FIOA

Senior Lecturer

Email: david.chesmore@york.ac.uk
Homepage: http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~edc1/
Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2394
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2335

Research Area: Communication Technologies » Audio and acoustics

Areas of Expertise: Bioacoustics, Biodiversity Assessment, Signal Processing: Audio, Signal Processing: Image, Instrumentation (Environmental)



I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department teaching embedded systems, environmental electronics and sustainable engineering. I currently coordinate a number of modules: Design Construction & Test (second year) Design and Construction (third year), Sensors and Instrumentation (fourth year) and Data Communication Techniques (various taught masters degrees).

My academic career started in this department when I studied for a BSc and then a DPhil between 1979 and 1986.  I was in the first cohort of the Electronics Department.  My DPhil project was the development of low rate speech communication systems for use over poor radio channels such as HF radio.

I was appointed as a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering Department (now the Engineering Department) at Hull University in 1986. Between 1986 and 2001, I taught a wide range of subjects including artificial intelligence, radar systems, error control coding, industrial electronics, telecommunication systems, environmental sensing, remote sensing and analogue signal processing. I was responsible for the introduction of the first environmental teaching initiative in an electronics degree. I also have an HNC in Countryside Management from Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the application of electronics and computing technology to biology, ecology, entomology and precision agriculture, particularly in the areas of automated species identification and biodiversity informatics for pest detection and identification.  My current and recent research includes:

  • Automated Acoustic Observatories (Leverhulme grant): development of in-field devices for identfying all singing European Orthoptera (with Depts. of Environment and Biology);
  • Tracking earthworms in the soil using vibration sensing (Leverhulme grant) (with Dept. of Environment);
  • ANOPLORISK:  identification of quarantine insect species using acoustics (Defra-funded project) - now completed;
  • CAPACITIE - EU funded Marie Curie project involving 12 PhDs in various departments at York. My student is investigating noise pollution and noise source identification – now completed;
  • Automated soundscape identification;
  • Automated identification of vehicles using acoustic and seismic signals - now completed;
  • Automated identification of insects (flies, bees, Harlequin ladybirds) and fungal pathogens of plants using image processing.

I  visited Japan twice as a visiting Fellow (Chiba Natural History Museum and FFPRI in Morioka) and China (Shandong University, Jinan) in 2008 as a visiting Professor.

Professional Qualifications and Activities

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES), have served on the Council of the RES and convened the annual conference in york in 2004.

Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (FIAgrE) and currently a member of the Council, Membership Committee and Executive.

Vice-President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (2016-2019). 

Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA).

Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Entomological Activities

My main entomological interests are in Lepidoptera (moths) and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) and I am actively involved with recording moth species in Yorkshire, YNU (Yorkshire Naturalists' Union) Orthoptera and Symphyta Recorder, Secretary to the Entomological Section of the YNU.   I was on the organising committee of the European Congress of Entomology in York in August 2014.



Publications information is available via the York Research Database