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.
Research Assistant Professor, Wake Forest Univeristy
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I am a scientist, educator and communicator. I aim to connect the dots of life in the natural world, relating how animal bodies work to how animals behave and interact in nature. My research on sonar-jamming moths and bats has been highlighted by media around the world. I have also served as a scientific consultant for National Geographic while filming a segment for the nature documentary Untamed Americas and I am a National Geographic Explorer.


My research on bats and moths has taken me across the country (often at the Southwestern Research Station) and to Ecuador. I have worked in many wonderful research labs for graduate and post-doctoral research including Dr. Joe Szewczak's (Humboldt State University) Dr. William Conner (Wake Forest), the auditory neuroethology lab of Dr. Cindy Moss at the University of Maryland (now at Johns Hopkins) and Ty Hedrick's lab at UNC Chapel Hill. I'll be starting my own sensory and movement ecology research lab at UC Colorado Springs in fall of 2019.


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, biomechanics, 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.