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BBC features Nick Dowdy’s work

by April 21, 2016
An "explosive" defensive behavior as recorded by Nick Dowdy, WFU Ph.D. Candidate

The BBC recently featured Ph.D. candidate Nick Dowdy‘s work on moths in Central America.  He has some very interesting scientific findings on the unique defensive behavior of a particular Ecuadorian moth.  When threatened, it “uses an explosion of a sticky, wool-like material to defend itself.”  This has never been seen before in Read more »

Science: Holy Blocked Bat Signal!

by November 6, 2014
Mexican free-tailed bats and ultrasonic signature. photo credit N. Hristov

Science magazine and the BBC independently featured the work of Aaron Corcoran and Bill Conner.  The Science article is titled: “Holy blocked bat signal! Bats jam each other’s calls”.  This article focuses on the research of Corcoran and Conner done in the southwestern United States on bat colonies and studies of bat calls. Read more »

Wake Forest PhD Nick Hristov Featured by NPR

by September 10, 2012
Nickolay Hristov (PhD. 2008) uses technology to study the fascinating world of bats.

Nickolay Hristov, Professor with the UNC Center for Design Innovation and Wake Forest Biology Research Professor, does amazing research on bats. His work was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) weekly program Science Friday.  Nick received his PhD. from Wake Forest in 2008 and works closely with Professor William Conner’s Read more »

Wake Forest PhD Aaron Corcoran Featured by National Geographic

by June 15, 2012
Aaron Corcoran

Aaron Corcoran’s research on sonar jamming moths is featured in the new National Geographic Special “Untamed Americas”. The footage is featured in the episode on Deserts. It is airing Saturday, June 16, 9pm EST. Link to the show page: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/untamed-americas/ Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) migrate up to 1,000 miles (1609 Read more »

Conner Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation for Bat-Moth Arms Race Studies

by June 6, 2012
William E. Conner

Congratulations to William E. Conner, professor of Biology, whose proposal entitled “Acoustic Aposematism, Mimicry, and Sonar Jamming in the Bat-Moth Arms Race” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).