Bats can learn to avoid fireflies using sonar or vision, but they learn faster they use both. This is evidence that combining information across senses can increase the power of warning signals. This research has implications for how fireflies evolved in relation to bats.
A new study led by Boise State associate professor of geophysics Jeffrey Johnson has proven the potential for using volcanic infrasound – inaudible sounds produced by active volcanoes – to help forecast future catastrophic eruptions.
Researchers studied normally territorial male bats engaging in “timeshare” behavior to woo females – potentially the first example of a cooperative breeding display observed in mammals.
Researchers from Boise State and University of Idaho recently were awarded a three year, $418,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new anti-parasitic drugs to fight Giardia infections.