Laura Stidsholt


My research focuses on the sensory and foraging behavior of wild, echolocating bats. I do this by using two experimental methods: a microphone array recording the echolocation calls of bats approaching prey or targets in laboratory settings, and a miniature sound and movement tag that records echo information from the perspective of the bats while they engage in natural behaviours in the wild. My research takes place at Siemers Bat Research Station, Bulgaria, in collaboration with  Stefan Greif at Tel Aviv University, and Holger Goerlitz, leader of the research group Acoustic and Functional Ecology at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology.

More specifically, my research projects include:

(1) Biosonor adjustments and echo returns in big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and great himalayan leaf-nosed bats (Hipposideros armiger) controlled experimental conditions in a flight room.

(2) Biosonar adjustments and returning auditory scenes of greater mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis) and common noctule (Nyctalus noctula) hunting in the wild.

(3) Coupling between wingbeat, respiration and echolocation in greater mouse-eared bats and Egyptian fruit bats.

(4) Habitat use and prey selection in wild bats

(5) Foraging behavior of wild bats in response to human noise and light pollution

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