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Dr Marc HolderiedPhD(Erlangen)

Senior Lecturer in Biology

Marc Holderied

Dr Marc HolderiedPhD(Erlangen)

Senior Lecturer in Biology

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Research interests

Topics I am interested in:

  • Biosonar: adaptive signal design and echo evolution
  • Bioacoustics in arthropods, amphibians, birds, primates, bats and other mammals
  • Flower detection by biosonar in nectar-feeding bats
  • Directional hearing in bats and insects
  • Bat flight and movement coordination
  • Biosonar predator-prey arms races
  • Spatiotemporal use of natural habitats by bats (studied using 3D laser scanning)
  • Interactions between echolocating bats and prey that can hear ultrasound

Sportive lemurs listen to other species to detect and avoid predators

As part of her PhD research Dr Melanie Seiler studied the Sahamalaza sportive lemur in its natural habitat and found that it pays close attention to the vocalisations of other species in their habitatto detect and avoid predation by both terrestrial and airborne predators.

Interspecific Semantic Alarm Call Recognition in the Solitary Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis Seiler, M., Schwitzer, C., Gamba, M. & Holderied, M. W. 25 Jun 2013 In : PloS one. 8, 6, 12 p.67397

A new Boophis tree frog from south-west Madagascar

Masters by Research student Samuel Penny (Co-supervised by Dr C. Schwitzer at the BCSF) returned from his field work in Madagascar with a specimen of an unkown tree frog. This has turned out to be a new species. Sam has named it Boophis ankarafensis and he is currently preparing the species description for publication.

Bats and Acacia trees in deserts

In a study published in PLOS ONE, Dr Marc Holderied and colleagues from Bristol's School of Biological Sciences and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel demonstrate the importance of dense acacia tree habitats for protected bats and their arthropod prey (for example, insects, spiders and scorpions) in comparison to other natural and artificial habitats.

'The importance of Acacia trees for insectivorous bats and arthropods in the Arava desert' by Talya D. Hackett, Carmi Korine and Marc W. Holderied inPLOS ONE

Stealth aerial-hawking in a specialised moth-catching bat

Like a stealth fighter plane, the barbastelle bat uses a sneaky hunting strategy to catch its prey.  A team of researchers from the University of Bristol combined three cutting-edge techniques to uncover the secret of this rare bat’s success: whispering.

‘An aerial-hawking bat uses stealth echolocation to counter moth hearing’ by Holger R. Goerlitz, Hannah M. ter Hofstede, Matt R. K. Zeale, Gareth Jones, Marc W. Holderied Current Biology

Rainforest plant developed sonar dish to attract pollinating bats

While it is well known that the bright colours of flowers serve to attract visually-guided pollinators such as bees and birds, little research has been done to see whether plants which rely on echolocating bats for pollination and seed dispersal have evolved analogous echo-acoustic signals. The researchers discovered that a rainforest vine, pollinated by bats, has evolved dish-shaped leaves with such conspicuous echoes that nectar-feeding bats can find its flowers twice as fast by echolocation.

‘Floral acoustics: conspicuous echoes of a dish-shaped leaf attract bat pollinators’ by Ralph Simon, Marc W. Holderied, Corinna U. Koch and Otto von Helversen in Science.

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Life Sciences Building
24 Tyndall Avenue
United Kingdom

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    An aerial-hawking bat uses stealth echolocation to counter moth hearing

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