Community Invited to Attend Lecture About Swarming Bats April 14 at JJC

The community is invited to attend a lecture about the behavior of swarming bat colonies, specifically focusing on echolocation and flight dynamics, given by Dr. Laura N. Kloepper, on Thursday, April 14 at 3:45 p.m. on Joliet Junior College’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Dr. Laura Kloepper

Dr. Laura Kloepper

Kloepper is an assistant biology professor at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her lecture will take place in D-2001.

While scientists have been studying group flight and echolocation (the ability for bats to locate one another using sound) in bats for years, Kloepper believes there is still a lot to learn.

During the presentation, Kloepper will talk about her research on Mexican free-tailed bats, and how she used video to capture individual and group flight behavior. She will also talk about how she determined population size using acoustics.

“It’s exciting to have Dr. Kloepper come to campus to share her work on bats with us,” said Andrew Morrison, JJC physics professor. “She is a expert in the field of bioacoustics and a great science communicator. I’m looking forward to hearing about her research and I hope that many students and community members will come out to hear her talk.”

For more information about Kloepper’s presentation, contact Morrison at or 815-280-6871.

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