Ralph Simon         

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News

 “Our new paper “Bioinspired sonar reflectors as guiding beacons for autonomous navigation” is out in this weeks issue of PNAS!”

Nice news feature in Scientific American on our recent Current Biology paper, where we show how gleaning bats use leaves as specular reflectors to find hidden insects.”

 

Our research on the bat and pitcher plant mutualism and their sophisticated acoustic communication system via plant reflectors is featured in the new OUR PLANET documentary out now on Netflix! (Season 1, Espisode 3, Jungles; from 21,30 on)”

 

RALPH SIMON

– BIOLOGIST –

I‘m a biologist (Ph.D.) based in Amsterdam and interested in the evolutionary, physiological and physical constraints that shape animal orientation, communication and sensory experience. Thereby, I’m not only working on a single stimuli level but aim to consider the full range of sensory channels and their interactions. Only this way is it possible to fully understand an animal’s sensory world. My approach to study these questions is to gain control over the sensory world of animals with state-of-the-art technical setups using biomimetics, robotics and virtual realities. Using this approach, I investigate bat echolocation in species with a focus on nectar feeding bats and the acoustic adaptations of the plants they pollinate. Apart from fundamental research in the field of sensory ecology, I also carry out research in more applied fields as bionics and bio-inspired sonar sensing. Given my strong interest in bat ecology, I also dedicated several years to nature conservation research projects, where we worked on measures against bat fatalities at wind turbines. At the moment, I’m also involved in the ‘Seeing Voices Project’, where we try to disentangle the role of multimodal cues in vocal learning in birds by using robotic birds as song tutors.


Ralph with Bat

Contact

Dr. Ralph Simon

Postdoc – Ecological Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam

T +31 20 59 87052

e-mail: ralph.simon@vu.nl

orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6083-0394

researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralph_Simon

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