Echolocation. Subterranean survival. Swarm management. Flight. Guano. It's all in a day's work for the magnificent, misunderstood bat!
During this one-hour online experience Dr. Laura Kloepper, founder of the Kloepper Laboratory of Bioacoustics and Animal Behavior, will take viewers on an exploration of one of the incredible aspects of bat life. Using lively presentations, pictures and materials straight from her work in massive bat caves, Dr. Kloepper will take you on a fun journey to learn some of the science and go behind the scenes of bat research. A fun and casual show, A Bat's Life will uncover the wonders of animal lives lived mostly in darkness. You'll not only get to see incredible artifacts from Dr. Kloepper's work, but you'll get to ask about everything you've ever wanted to know about flying furballs!
In this edition of A Bat's Life, Dr. Kloepper will be looking into the weird and wild ways that bats have learned to live life on the edge! How do bats thrive in lifeless caves? What kinds of extreme and unusual adaptations have bats developed to survive? Join us to find out!
Laura Kloepper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she leads the Kloepper Laboratory of Bioacoustics and Animal Behavior. Her research focuses on acoustic sensory ecology: how animals use sound to explore their environment. Her principal research investigates how bats in massive swarms use their sonar and flight behavior to navigate in three dimensions. She uses fun technology including drones and falconry in her research, and spends a large portion of her summers at bat caves, knee-deep in guano, with hundreds of thousands of bats flying overhead.
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Wed, May 12, 20217:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.$15