The Social Predator Vocalization Project
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- Renne Library, Heathcote Classroom - view map
Dolphins, Coyotes, and Cats...Oh My!
Join us on Thursday, October 10 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Heathcote Classroom in Renne Library for a visual and audio presentation of an exciting predator vocalization project happening here on campus.
This event is brought to you by the MSU History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department and the MSU Library.
How much does the urban environment change the way coyotes vocalize and communicate? Montana State University and California State University are collaborating on a research project called "The Urban Coyote Project." Students on both campuses work with lead researcher, Dr. Sara Waller, Associate Professor in MSU's Philosophy Department, to track coyotes and record their yips, yelps and ululations. The team is working to decode their vocalizations, looking for parallels and differences between coyote vocalizations in rural (Montana) sites and urban (Los Angeles) sites. Dr. Waller and her undergraduate and graduate students are also focusing on other social predators who communicate vocally, such as bottlenose and pacific white-sided dolphins and wolves, with a recent side project on feral cats.