The Evenings at Whitney are a series of public lectures on current science topics or ongoing research at the Whitney Lab that brings experts in their field to our region. Tonight’s topic, “Anti-Bat Strategies in Moths: Sonar Jamming”, is presented by guest speaker, Akito Kawahara, a faculty member of University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. The presentation focuses on how moths have evolved ultrasonically sensitive ears and ultrasound-producing organs throughout the past 60 million years to combat attacks from bats.
Dr. Kawahara is currently assistant professor/curator at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the evolution of insects, especially butterflies and moths. He has authored more than 70 peer-review publications, which include notable papers in journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Ame
Lectures are free and open to the public and will be in the Lohman Auditorium/ Center for Marine Studies at the Whitney Laboratory. There is no charge for parking and reservations are not necessary.