More of postdoc Signe Brinkløv


I returned to the University of Southern (SDU) in 2013 after a 2-year postdoc in Canada with Prof. Brock Fenton, investigating how the few currently known echolocating birds (Oilbirds and some swiftlets) use signals audible to humans to negotiate their surroundings.


Current work involves measurements of auditory brainstem responses (ABR) in bats and porpoises and stereo imaging techniques used to examine the movement of facial features in bats as they emit, and receive feedback from, echolocation signals. I work in the field whenever I can, supplementing with lab studies to get the best of both worlds.


Present collaborators: Dr. Lutz Wiegrebe, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich - Germany, Asa Wright Nature Centre - Trinidad and Prof. Sarath Kotagama from University of Colombo - Sri Lanka.

You can find my research profile at SDU here, and on ResearchGate here.



Peer-reviewed research publications:


Brinkløv S, Fenton MB and Ratcliffe JMR (2013) Echolocation in Oilbirds and swiftlets. Frontiers Integrative Physiology 4, 123. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00123 [Invited, Special Research Topic, “How Nature Shaped Echolocation In Animals”]


Jakobsen L, Brinkløv S and Surlykke A (2013) Intensity and directionality of bat echolocation signals. Frontiers Integrative Physiology 4, 89. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00089 [Invited, Special Research Topic, “How Nature Shaped Echolocation In Animals”]


Nørum U, Brinkløv S and Surlykke A (2012) New model for gain control of signal intensity to object distance in echolocating bats. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 3045-3054. doi:10.1242/jeb.069427


Brinkløv S, Jakobsen L, Ratcliffe J, Kalko EKV and Surlykke A (2011) Echolocation call intensity and directionality in flying short-tailed fruit bats, Carollia perspicillata (Phyllostomidae)". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 129(1), 427-435. doi: 10.1121/1.3519396



You can find all my research output here.


And below you can read some of the science we do in a "popular version":


- "Whispering bats are shrieking"

- "Approaching bats reduce volume exponentially"


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