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.