Bioacoustics Workshop

Date(s) - 04/26/2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

MSU - Morrill Hall of Agriculture - Room 8

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Learn how to analyze bat echolocation data and help the club work towards publishing our findings on bats in central Michigan!

Dr. Brian Klatt of MSU’s Michigan Natural Features Inventory will be presenting information on the principles of acoustic monitoring for bats; reviewing the positive aspects, as well as the limitations of this approach. He will demonstrate the basics of acoustic analysis utilizing Sonobat and Kaleidoscope software packages. Additionally, he will present information on the practical application of acoustic monitoring using specific examples.

Dr. Klatt has over 35 years of experience as a practicing ecologist and small mammal specialist. He is currently the Director of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) of Michigan State University Extension. His experience includes extensive surveys for bats throughout Michigan using both mist-netting and acoustic monitoring. Along with colleagues at MNFI, he was the first to document regular use of far offshore areas of Lake Michigan by bats, assessed use of Lake Michigan shorelines during bat migration, differential use of agricultural fields versus riparian areas by bat species, and association of long eared bats with karst features in the upper peninsula. He has served as a faculty member at¬†Michigan State University teaching sustainability, environmental impact assessment, and wetlands, as well as developing and teaching a capstone course in wetland science and policy in the University of Michigan’s Program in the Environment. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois.

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