Co-evolution between bats and insects

Poster for Holger Goerlitz

Poster for Holger Goerlitz

Every night a battle between bats and their insect prey rages above our heads as bats call and listen for the echoes of their dinner.  Many insects have evolved anti-bat defences: unlike us, they can hear the ultrasonic calls of bats and avoid an attack with evasive flight.

Dr Holger Goerlitz is a Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences in Bristol.  His talk will explore the predator-prey interactions of bats and insects and give an introduction to the diversity of bat echolocation, insect hearing and flight.  Did insects win this arms race, did bats evolve counterstrategies, will there ever be a winner at all?