Current Members of the Kloepper Lab

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Dr. Laura Kloepper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Her research focuses on acoustic sensory ecology: how animals use sound to explore their environment. Her principal research investigates how bats in massive swarms use their sonar and flight behavior to navigate in three dimensions. Additional projects include echolocation in dolphins, the acoustic behavior of shrews, and soundscape ecology. Dr. Kloepper has received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

 

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Dr. Ian Bentley a computational physicist at Saint Mary’s College. He is currently developing intuitive free software for use in both scientific research and teaching. The software will be used by our group to answer fundamental questions in biology. Dr. Bentley’s other research interests include various topics in nuclear physics and astrophysics.

 

 

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on statistical signal processing. In particular he focuses on problems related to estimation of real-world information collected by acoustic, light, and motion sensors. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Labs, the National Security Agency, Apple Computer, Intel, Motorola, Sun Microsystems and the State of Indiana.

 

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Ali Weesner is a Research Assistant in the Kloepper and Bentley Labs. She graduated with a degree in physics from Indiana University South Bend in 2020. She is working to develop some of the free software for biological analysis used by our laboratory to track bats in flight.

 

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Maggie Gleason is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2020. Her research investigates the acoustic behavior of the Northern Short-tailed shrew.

 

 

 

 

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Marlen Terrazas is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2020. Her research investigates the effects of anthropogenic noise on the local soundscape.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Austin is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2021. Her research investigates the thermal characteristics of bats in flight.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chloe Crusan is a University of Notre Dame Electrical Engineering major in the class of 2021. She joined the Kloepper Lab this year and will be applying her engineering skills to tackle biological problems in our laboratory.

 

 

 

 

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Joy Fullerton is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2021. Her research investigates the flight behavior of bats in groups.

 

 

 

 

Katy Metz is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2021. Her research investigates the acoustic behavior of the Northern Short-tailed shrew.

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Valerie Eddington is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2022. She joined the Kloepper lab this year and is learning more about bioacoustics and animal behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Belen Flores is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2023. She joined the lab this year and is currently assisting Marlen Terrazas with her research.

 

 

 

 

 

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Becca Jones is a Saint Mary’s College Biology major in the class of 2023. She joined the lab this year and is currently assisting Marlen Terrazas with her research.

 

 

 

 

Past Members of the Kloepper Lab

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Kathryn McGowan is a biology major of the class of 2019 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated the effect of daylight on echolocation signals in Brazilian free-tailed bats.

 

 

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Lily Zusi is a biology major of the class of 2019 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated the flight behavior of Swainson’s hawks preying upon Brazilian free-tailed bats.

 

 

 

 

 

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Morgan Kinniry is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated changes in bat echolocation calls during roost re-entry and she returned in the summer of 2018 as a research technician. 

 

 

 

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Allison Pudlo is a biology major of the class of 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated the effect of environmental parameters on owl vocalizations. She served as a research technician for the Kloepper Lab from 2017-2019.

 

 

 

 

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Kaitlyn Cartone is a biology major of the class of 2018 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated bat species on 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 research investigated the bacterial species and abundance in bat guano.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephanie Dreessen is a biology major of the class of 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated how emergence density affected acoustic characteristics of echolocating bats.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cassi Mardis is a biology major of the class of 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Her research investigated how environmental factors affected Brazilian free-tailed bat emergence.

 

 

 

 

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Yanqing “Felix” Fu is a former postdoctoral research fellow in the biology department at Saint Mary’s College.