Visitor from the Max Planck Institute

It was a real delight to have Daniela Schmieder visiting for a week at the beginning of the month. Dani worked with myself Julie and Ain in Malaysia a few years ago, where she was looking at echolocation performance in Kerivoula and Murina species for her Diploma (got some very nice papers out of it too, which you can learn more about here and here). She is now finishing up her PhD work on the role of functional morphology in resource partitioning of syntopic European bat species (primarily Rhinolophus species), at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen (which I visited earlier this year) where she is part of the late Bjoern Siemers’ Sensory Ecology Group.

She gave the lab a great presentation on her PhD research, and worked with me on one of her dissertation publications, but there was plenty of time for fun, as we did a day hike out to the Lighthouse at Palo Duro Canyon. Hopefully we will catch up with her at the IBRC (International Bat Research Conference) in Costa Rica, later this year. Below are some pics of her visit….

At the Lighthouse -- what cool bat nerds. From left to right, Tigga, Dani, Julie, Maria, Ain and Danny

At the Lighthouse — what cool bat nerds. From left to right, Tigga, Dani, Julie, Maria, Ain and Danny (honorary bat nerd) – 6 people, 5 nationalities 🙂 — Joe was studying for his quals or we would have had a sixth.

Lighthouse in the background, Dani (the tall one) with Julie and Ain. Intraspecific variation in action

Lighthouse in the background, Dani (the tall one) with Julie (right) and Ain (left).

Guns up! On campus with Julie (left) and Ain (right)

Learning Tech traditions – on campus with Julie (left) and Ain (right)

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