Perception Behaviour Bioacoustics
P & P
August 23, 2019
My newest publication is online - for a limited time you can download it here.I had the honour of writing a dispatch article for Current Biology on the latest work by Inga Geipel and colleagues. They describe how the common big-eared bat can outsmart their prey: prey hides motionless on vegetation and yet the bat can find it with echolocation alone. This is an astonishing feat and for a long time we had no clue how it's possible. Playing bat (read: play back echoloation calls at a leave and record the echoes), Inga, Ralph & Co. found that it is actually the properties of the vegetation that renders the prey conspicious - similar to insects floating on a calm water surface. Obviously this intrigued me, and I hope it will intrigue you too!
Since dispatches don't come with an Acknowledgement section I would like to say thanks to Tom Black for his honest and constructive comments on my original draft :)