Aaron Corcoran at work (read about this picture)

3-D model of a bat's sonar beam as it attacks an insect.

Aaron Corcoran, Ph.D.

I am a scientist, educator and communicator who is passionate about sharing my knowledge of the natural world with the public. My research on sonar-jamming moths and bats has highlighted by media around the world, and has made into . I recently served as a scientific consultant for National Geographic while filming a segment for the nature documentary Untamed Americas.


My research on bats and moths has taken me across the country (lately often at the Southwestern Research Station) and Ecuador. I began studying bat echolocation as a master's student in Dr. Joe Szewczak's lab at Humboldt State University. I did my Ph.D. on bats and moths at Wake Forest University in the lab of Dr. William Conner and then spent a year as a post-doc in the auditory neuroethology lab of Dr. Cindy Moss at the University of Maryland. I've now returned to Wake Forest as a post-doc studying bat jamming.


I have given dozens of talks on my research and other topics to youth, general, and scientific audiences, and I am always happy to share my work with others. I believe multimedia and story-telling are some of our best tools for communicating science.


I use bats and moths as a model system for integrating the disciplines of animal behavior, sensory physiology, ecology and evolution. This often involves using technologies including high-speed infrared videography, ultrasound recording, custom electronics, computer programming, and computer modeling.


Here is an interview with me about my career in science and an article about me that was on the front page of my home-town newspaper


Here are links to my C.V. and contact information.