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Laura Kloepper is an assistant professor of biology at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Her research focuses on understanding the sensory and behavioral processes underlying echolocation in toothed whales and microchiropteran bats, two suborders of mammals that convergently evolved echolocation. Specifically, in toothed whales she investigates how individuals adapt their sonar beams, and in bats she investigates swarming acoustics and flight behavior of large caves and colonies.

 

 

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Yanqing “Felix” Fu is a postdoctoral research fellow in the biology department at Saint Mary’s College. He has been with the lab since October 2016, and comes to us from Virginia Tech with a background in mechanical engineering. He is helping to design equipment and algorithms to aid in data collection and signal processing.

 

 

 

 

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Allison Pudlo is a research technician in our laboratory. She graduated Saint Mary’s in 2017 from the biology department, where she studied the effect of environmental parameters on owl vocalizations for her senior comprehensive project.

 

 

 

 

Current Students

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Kaitlyn Cartone is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive project uses bioacoustics to determine bat species in and around Saint Mary’s campus.

 

 

 

 

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Makenzie Duncan is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive project investigates the bacterial species and abundance in bat guano.

 

 

 

 

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Morgan Kinniry is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive project investigates antipredator vocal and flight adaptations in Brazilian free-tailed bats.

 

 

 

 

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Bailey Oppman is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive project investigates how bats change flight paths to avoid mid-air collisions.

 

 

 

 

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Chloe Griggs, class of 2020, is helping with video analysis in our lab.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kassidy Jungles, class of 2020, is helping with video analysis in our lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marlen Terrazas, class of 2020, is helping with video analysis in our lab.

 

 

 

 

 

Former Lab Members

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Stephanie Dreessen is a biology major of the class of 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive was titled “Emergence density and stream frequency spectra of Tadarida brasiliensis.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Cassi Mardis is a biology major of the class of 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Her senior comprehensive was titled “Environmental factors affecting Brazilian free-tailed emergence”

 

 

 

 

Honorary Lab Members

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Kaipo is an honorary biology major at Saint Mary’s College with an indeterminate graduation date. He traveled with the Belle Bats the summer of 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kona is an honorary biology major at Saint Mary’s College with an indeterminate graduation date. She regularly attends lab meetings

 

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