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Dr Erica L MorleyPhD, MSc, BSc

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Senior Research Associate

Erica Morley

Dr Erica L MorleyPhD, MSc, BSc

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Senior Research Associate

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Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Toronto

1 Feb 201331 Dec 2014

Research interests

I am a sensory ecologist and am interested in how invertebrates detect and respond to sounds and electrostatic stimuli in their environment.

My current work focusses on how spiders disperse through the air often over huge distances by ballooning. I have shown that spiders can detect and use electric fields at levels found in the natural environment to become airborne and balloon. They can do this in the abscence of any wind, adding new dimensions to how aerial dispersal in small organisms may work.

I am also interested in bioacoustics. Insects can use sounds across a range of contexts, from courtship and mate location to predator evasion, and have evolved a variety of ear types to detect these stimuli. My work has focused on the mechanics of their auditory systems and the biophysics of the sound fields that these sensors are subjected to. Another aspect to my bioacoustics work involves investigating and assessing the impacts of anthropogenic (man-made) noise on wildlife. This is a problem that is pervasive throughout urbanised, industrial and high-traffic areas in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. 

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Postal address:
Life Sciences Building
24 Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
United Kingdom