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Bernard Lohr

Assoc Prof

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences, Room 416
Ph D, Duke University (1995)
MS, University of Wisconsin (1989)
BA, Cornell University (1984)

Dr. Lohr received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. He went on to complete a Masters degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee working on vocal sequence organization in birds. He later obtained a PhD from Duke University where he studied song perception in chickadees. From there he went on to a postdoc at the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland where he worked on auditory mechanisms in a range of bird taxa including songbirds, parrots, woodpeckers, owls, and hummingbirds.

Research Interests

We are interested in bioacoustics and auditory sensory ecology, taking an integrative approach that draws on methods from behavioral ecology, neurophysiology, comparative psychology, and evolutionary biology to investigate fundamental questions in animal communication. How do animals encode information in the signals they produce? How do they extract information from such signals perceptually? How do these processes function in “noisy” natural habitats? And, ultimately, what factors shape the evolution of such processes? We study these questions comparatively, and have worked on a variety of bird groups including hummingbirds, owls, and woodpeckers, but focus principally on songbirds as a model for understanding the interplay of signal production, signal perception, and properties of the acoustic channel.

Teaching Interests

Animal Behavior (BIOL 480 / 680)
Undergraduate Research Seminar (BIOL 499L)
Graduate Research Seminar in Evolution and Ecology (BIOL 769)
Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 305)

Selected Classes
Fall 2016 BIOL 480 – Animal Behavior
BIOL 499 – Undergrad. Lab/Field Rsch
Spring 2016 BIOL 499L – Undergraduate Research Seminar
Fall 2015 BIOL 680 – Animal Behavior
Spring 2015 BIOL 769 – Res Sem:Evol & Ecology
Spring 2014 BIOL 305 – Comp. Animal Physiology
BIOL 497H – Honors Capstone Course
Intellectual Contributions

Florida grasshopper sparrow nests are oriented northeast Wilson Journal of Ornithology


Non-salient geographic variation in birdsong in a species that learns by improvisation. 4 vol. 122 343-353 Ethology

Multiple estimation methods suggest similar repertoire sizes for Gulf Coast and eastern marsh wrens with no correlation between repertoire size and migratory distance 3 vol. 153 287-311 Behaviour

Divergence in calls but not songs in the Orchard Oriole complex: Icterus spurius and I. fuertesi. vol. 47 109-120 Journal of Avian Biology

Acoustic sequences in animals: A tutorial review and prospectus vol. 91 13-52 Biological Reviews

Probable Interspecific Song Learning in a Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) 2 vol. 127 277-280 The Wilson Journal of Ornithology

Digital photography quantifies plumage variation and salt marsh melanism among Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) subspecies of the San Francisco Bay 1 vol. 132 277-287 The Auk

Habitat Use and Movement Patterns by Dependent and Independent Juvenile Grasshopper Sparrows during the Post-Fledging Period 1 vol. 86 17-26 Journal of Field Ornithology

The function of song types and song components in Grasshopper Sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum) vol. 150 1085-1106 Behaviour

Auditory brainstem responses and auditory thresholds in woodpeckers: submitted to the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 1 vol. 133 337-342 Journal of the Acoustical Society of America