Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • Dr. Laura Kloepper's research explores how animals use acoustics to sense and navigate their world and how we can use acoustics to monitor animal populations. Specifically, using bats as her primary model organism, she investigates the link between acoustics and locomotion in actively sensing animals, the behavior of animals in groups, and passive acoustic approaches to estimate animal populations. This research combines acoustic recordings with thermal, infrared, and 3D video tracking to understand acoustic behavior in concert with animal movement. Her work is primarily field based and uses mobile platforms for data collection including drones, zip-lines, and falconry.

    Current projects in the Ecological Acoustics and Behavior Lab include:

    -Investigating how bats modify echolocation and flight behavior when in dense groups and under high-speed flight
    -Understanding rules that govern the interactions of bats flying in groups
    -Using passive acoustics to census populations of animals in dense groups including bats, frogs, and seabirds

    Techniques in our lab can be used to investigate animal acoustic behavior across taxa. Past projects with students include work with dolphins, whales, shrews, owls, and giraffes.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Estimating chorusing activity by quantifying total acoustic energy.JASA Express Lett.  2:081201. 2022
    2021 Foundations of form and function: A synthesis-based curriculum for introductory-level organismal biology.Ecology and Evolution.  11:15458-15467. 2021
    2021 Aerial attack strategies of hawks hunting bats, and the adaptive benefits of swarmingBehavioral Ecology.  32:464-476. 2021
    2020 Different as night and day: wild bats modify echolocation in complex environments when visual cues are presentAnimal Behaviour.  168:1-6. 2020
    2019 Echolocation while drinking: Pulse-timing strategies by high- and low-frequency FM bats.PLoS ONE.  14:e0226114. 2019
    2018 Recording animal vocalizations from a UAV: bat echolocation during roost re-entryScientific Reports.  8. 2018
    2018 The Chirocopter: A UAV for recording sound and video of bats at altitudeMethods in Ecology and Evolution.  9:1531-1535. 2018
    2017 Stereotypy of group flight in Brazilian free-tailed batsAnimal Behaviour.  131:123-130. 2017
    2016 Estimating colony sizes of emerging bats using acoustic recordingsRoyal Society Open Science.  3:160022-160022. 2016
    2012 Active echolocation beam focusing in the false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidensJournal of Experimental Biology.  215:1306-1312. 2012
    2010 Decreased echolocation performance following high-frequency hearing loss in the false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)Journal of Experimental Biology.  213:3717-3722. 2010

    Teaching Activities

  • Animal Communication Taught course 2022
  • Full Name

  • Laura Kloepper