Tigga, Marina and Maria had a great time at NASBR during the last week of October. Tigga gave a talk entitled “The Role of Extreme Bandwidths in Frequency-modulated Echolocation Calls: A Tribute to Björn Siemers” in the acoustics session, which also featured a paper that Maria was a co-author on “Acoustic Behavior at Roosts of Two Distantly Related Disc-Winged Bats” (speaker was Karina Montero), and Marina’s poster “Comparing Three Bat Acoustic Sampling Methodologies for Large-scale Surveys” was very well received. Liz Siles from the Baker lab presented an oral paper in the student award section”New Insights on the Phylogenetic Diversity within the Genus Micronycteris (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)” (so had 15 whole minutes!!).
Tigga went on a slightly disappointing quest one evening to see Noctilio up close – it rained :0( – and I’m really sorry but Eptesicus fuscus just isn’t much of a substitute. However it was interesting to learn about the NOCTILIO project – an education research initiative. Keep up the great work!
The next meeting is combined with IBRC and is in Costa Rica (hurray!– Maria as to find me an Ectophylla alba – I still haven’t seen one).
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!).
This should be a great meeting, focusing on the response of bats to human activities in this age of the Anthropocene. Tigga will be giving a plenary on approaches that integrate research with public outreach and education, and there are great sessions on bats in disturbed habitats, bats and urbanization, bats and EIDs, bats and wind energy, and ecosystem services of bats
The call for abstracts and details of the program can be found here.