Chiu, Reddy, Xian, Krishnaprasad and Moss publish in Journal of Experimental BiologyA team led by ISR postdoctoral researcher Chen Chiu has published an article examining competition among bats in the October 2010 issue of the prestigious Journal of Experimental Biology.
“Effects of competitive prey capture on flight behavior and sonar beam pattern in paired big brown bats, Eptesicus fuscus” explores the strategies bats use to track and catch prey—and to track each other—when they are competing with other bats.
In addition to the lead author Chiu, the team included Puduru Viswanadha Reddy from the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Auditory Neuroethology Laboratory Research Assistant Wei Xian, Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR) and Professor Cynthia Moss (Psych/ISR).
Surprisingly, one of the findings was that as bats chase each other and perform maneuvers to gain advantage, a bat trailing another actually has the competitive advantage in capturing the prey. Read a short summary of the research at the Journal of Experimental Biology website. Or download the full article.
Published September 30, 2010