Research Theme: Sensorimotor Adaptations of Flying Bats
Bats rely on echolocation, or active sensing, as their primary sensory modality. For species that roost in large cave colonies, echolocation comes with the added cost of sensing in dense groups. Our lab explores the adaptations wild bats make when using their sonar in different behavioral contexts. We utilize 3D video tracking and mobile platforms including drones, zip-lines and falconry to explore the link between acoustic and locomotive behavior of bats in their natural environment.
We investigate how echolocation changes depending on behavioral context
In collaboration with Oxford University, we investigate the predator-prey interactions of wild hawks and bats
In collaboration with University of Notre Dame, we design new algorithms to isolate and analyze bat calls from complex swam recordings