3-D model of a bat's sonar beam as it attacks an insect.
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 bats and moth 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 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 several l research labs for graduate and post-doctoral research including Dr. Joe Szewczak (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 at UNC Chapel Hill. I started the Sensory and Movement Ecology research lab at UC Colorado Springs in fall 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.