This article looking at the role of broadband FM sweeps used by bats that forage in dense clutter came out online in July, but is now in print in the October issue of FE.
Schmieder, D., Kingston, T., Rosli, H., & Siemers, B. (2012). Sensory constraints on prey detection performance in an ensemble of vespertilionid understorey rainforest bats (Kerivoulinae, Murininae). Functional Ecology 26: 1043-1053. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02024.x
There is a video for the “lay audience” that explains the work here
A busy week for the lab — Maria gave an excellent presentation to the TTU Ecology Behavior and Evolution seminar series on Wednesday entitled “Understanding Ecological Effects on Social Behavior: Insights From Tent-roosting Bats”. A summary of her PhD research which exemplified the integration of ecology, behavior and genetic approaches at levels that ranged from social groups to the entire phylogeny. Didn’t hurt that she had Ectophylla alba photos!
Tigga, Marina and Kaitlan had fun on the trip with the Society of Environmental Journalists down to Carlsbad Caverns, and Tigga was then a speaker at the Lunch round-table session on Thursday, leading a discussion on “Bats and humans – is there a future?”
Tigga, Maria and Marina are off to Puerto Rico for the NASBR next week.
The SEJ’s 22nd Annual Conference will be in Lubbock this week, and Tigga, Marina and Kaitlin will be guest-starring in their ” From Stones to the Stars at Carlsbad Caverns” tour on the Thursday. Tigga will be a speaker for one of their “Network Lunches” on the Friday, for a table discussing bat conservation issues (although if they don’t change the current proposed title, I’ll back out!).
The lab, with superb help from Julie, Cibele & Liz from the Baker Lab, braved a wicked cold front the weekend before last to track down Tadarida brasiliensis at Clarity Tunnel. More details on that trip here!