Brock Fenton, PhD
Behaviour and Ecology of Bats
My research programme involves using bats to explore the interfaces between animal behaviour, ecology and evolution. My research, and that of my graduate students, involves different aspects of the biology of bats. The diversity of bats includes morphology, social organization and foraging behaviour. In any of these areas, echolocation appears to have a profound effect and extends the work to sensory ecology, communication and community structure. The communicative aspects of echolocation involve both inter- and intraspecific situations. We also have tried to overtly address the implications of the research for conservation. In my laboratory, we use a combination of field and laboratory experiments and observations in settings ranging from different locations in Canada to a variety of sites in the tropics and subtropics.
Degrees and Institutions
- B.Sc. Queen’s honours biology 1965
- M.Sc. University of Toronto 1967
- Ph.D. University of Toronto 1969
- Biology 3224 - Writing About Biology
- Biology 2471 - Vertebrate Biology
- Clare, E.L., A.M. Adams, A.Z. Maya-Simoes, J.L. Eger, P.D.N. Hebert and M.B. Fenton. 2013. Diversification and reproductive isolation: cryptic species in the only New World high-duty cycle bat, Pteronotus parnellii. BMC Biology, 13:26 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-26
- Fenton, M.B. 2013. Questions, ideas, and tools: lessons from bat echolocation. Anniversary Essay. Animal Behaviour, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.02.024.
- Jantzen, M. and M.B. Fenton. 2013. The depth of edge influence among insectivorous bats at forest-field interfaces. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91:287-292.
- McGuire, L.P., M.B. Fenton and C.G. Guglielmo. 2013. Seasonal upregulation of catabolic enzymes and fatty acid transporters in the flight muscle of migrating hoary bats, Lasiurus cinereus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, part B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 165:138-143.
- Fraser, E.E., F.J. Longstaffe and M.B. Fenton. 2013. Moulting matters: the importance of understanding moulting cycles in bats when using fur for endogenous marker analysis. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91:533-544.