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Curriculum Vitae - RACHEL PAGE

 

Professional Appointments

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (11/2009–present), Panama

Research Scientist 

  Permanent staff scientist investigating behavioral ecology of tropical vertebrates

McGill University (1/2014–present), Montreal, Canada

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (10/2008–10/2009), Seewiesen, Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  Advisor: Dr. Björn Siemers

 

Education

University of Texas at Austin (8/2002–5/2008), Austin, Texas

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Section of Integrative Biology

  Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Ryan

Columbia University (1992–1996), New York, New York

B.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures, Concentration in Anthropology

  Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

 

Grants and Research Fellowships

Competitive Grants Program for Science (Pell Grant): Improved learning as a shared functional benefit for sleep (R.A. Page, W. Wcislo, B. Klein): 2014-2016.

Smithsonian Institution Barcode Network Opportunity, Barcoding Central American bats and their ectoparasites including a new type of acoustic voucher. PI: R.A. Page; Co-PIs: M.J. Miller (STRI); T. Sattler (STRI & University of Ulm, Germany); M. Tschapka (University of Ulm, Germany); T. Hiller (University of Ulm, Germany); J.R. Loaiza Rodriguez (INDICASAT, Panama). 2013-2014.

Human Frontier Science Program: Multimodal sensing in the natural environment (C.F. Moss, Y. Yovel, J. Hallam, A. Surlykke, R.A. Page): 2013-2016.

National Science Foundation: Multimodal communication, mate choice and predation risk (M.J. Ryan, R. Taylor, R.A. Page): 2011-2016.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, Seewiesen Max Planck Institute: 2008-2009.

Journal of Experimental Biology, Postdoctoral Travelling Fellowship, 2009.

Smithsonian Institute Predoctoral Fellowship: 2007-2008.

P.E.O. Scholar Award: 2007-2008.

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: 2007-2008.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship: 2006-2007.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: 2003-2006.

American Society of Mammalogists, Elisabeth Horner Award for best research proposal: 2005.

Zoology Scholarship Endowment for Excellence, UT Austin: Fall 2004.

Center for Perceptual Systems, Travel Grant, UT Austin: Summer 2004, Summer 2003.

Dorothea Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship, UT Austin: Fall 2003.

American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund: Summer 2003.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-Term Fellowship: Spring 2003, Spring 2002.

Terrell H. Hamilton Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund: Fall 2002.

Dean’s Excellence Award, UT Austin: Summer 2002. 

 

Publications - See Publications page.

 

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Page, R.A., Bernal, X.E., Caldwell, M.S., Halfwerk, W.H., Wessel, M.O., Trillo, P.A. Collateral damage or shadow of safety? Effect of predatory bats and parasitic midges on frog calling. North American Symposium for Bat Research. San Antonio, TX. October 12-15, 2016.

Page, R.A. Eavesdropping predators and sexual signals: bat exploitation of frog calls. Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. August 1, 2016.

Page, R.A. Conservation in the Neotropics: challenges and triumphs. Talk in International Conservation course at the University of Greifswald, Germany. November 23, 2015.

Page, R.A. Foraging flexibility in the Neotropical frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus: behavioral metrics for genetic correlation. Invited talk at the University of Greifswald, Germany. November 18, 2015.

Page, R.A., Taylor, R., Ryan, M.J., Halfwerk, W. Water-borne vibrations and dynamically inflating vocal sacs: a multimodal cocktail for frog-eating bats. North American Symposium for Bat Research. Monterey, California. October 28-31, 2015.

Page, R.A., Taylor, R., Ryan, M.J., Halfwerk, W. Costs and benefits of multimodal signaling in environmental complexity. 52nd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. Anchorage, Alaska. June 10-14, 2015.

Page, R.A. The dark side of the túngara frog call: 30 years of research on frog-eating bats. Invited speaker for symposium: Brain, behavior and evolution: three decades of scientific exploration. University of Texas at Austin. Jan. 17, 2014.

Page, R.A. Predator use of prey cues: Sensory and cognitive ecology of a frog-eating bat. Invited departmental seminar for consideration as adjunct faculty. McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dec 5, 2013.

Page, R.A. Of bats, frogs and flies: Cognitive and sensory insights from a communication network. Gamboa Seminar, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Dec 2, 2013.

Page, R.A., Falk, J., Jones, P.L., ter Hofstede, H.M., Dixon, M.M., Faure, P.A., Kalko, E.K.V. Neotropical mosaic: an Eli Kalko approach to understanding sensory niche partitioning, species coexistence, and eavesdropping in Phyllostomid bats. Invited talk in the Memorial Symposium, Two curious explorers: the work of Elisabeth Kalko and Björn Siemers. 16th International Bat Research Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, Aug 11-15, 2013.

 Page, R.A., O’Mara, M.T., Jones, P.L. Learning, decision-making, and flexibility in the fringe-lipped bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Invited talk in the Behavioral Ecology Symposium. 16th International Bat Research Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, Aug 11-15, 2013.

Page, R.A. Sensory perception in frog-eating bats - and other recent projects with Elisabeth Kalko. Elisabeth Kalko Memorial Symposium, Tupper Auditorium, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Aug 20-21, 2012.

Page, R.A., Akre, K.L., Farris, H.E., Lea, A.M., Ryan, M.J.  Psychoacoustics, ratio-comparisons, sex and dinner: stimulus perception in frogs and bats. 41st North American Symposium on Bat Research, Toronto, Canada, Oct 26-29, 2011.

Page, R.A., Ryan, M.J. The acoustic universe of a frog-eating bat. 13th International Society for Behavioral Ecology, Perth, Australia, Sept 26-Oct 1, 2010.

Page, R.A. Bat-frog interactions: Learning, categorization and memory. Invited talk in the symposium, Adaptations and Evolutionary Ecology. 15th International Bat Research Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, August 22-27, 2010.

Page, R.A. Social transmission of novel foraging behavior in bats: frog calls and their referents. Invited talk for Interdisciplinary Symposium and Workshop on Copying, Zurich, Switzerland. Host: Dr. Gerald Kerth. February 5-7, 2009.

Page, R.A. Flexibility, learning and memory in foraging behavior. German Bat Research Conference (Treffen der Fledermausforscher). Frauenchiemsee, Germany. January 22-24, 2009.

Page, R.A. Learning and flexibility in foraging: Bats, frogs and shrews. Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany. November 25, 2008.

Page, R.A., Kalko, E.K.V., and Ryan, M.J. Flexibility in sensory strategy use during foraging in the fringe-lipped bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Invited talk in symposium: Adaptability and functional significance of echolocation. 14th International Bat Research Conference, Mérida, Mexico, August 19-23, 2007.

Page, R.A. Foraging flexibility in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Allee Competition. Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Burlington, VT, July 21-25, 2007.

Page, R.A. Predator use of prey cues: Learning and flexibility in a frog-eating bat. Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany. Host: Dr. Björn Siemers. March 16, 2007.

Page, R.A. Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls. Invited talk for the Acoustics Seminar Series, Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin. Host: Dr. Preston Wilson. November 10, 2006.

Page, R.A. Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls. Biology Department, Texas A&M University. Host: Dr. Michael Smotherman. November 6, 2006.

Page, R.A. Sensory mode switching in prey detection by the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. 35th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Wilmington, NC, October 18-21, 2006.

Page, R.A. Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls. Invited talk at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Host: Dr. Björn Siemers and Dr. Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler. February 2, 2006.

Page, R.A. Whisper in my pinna: Social learning, persistence, and memory in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. 35th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Sacramento, CA, October 19-22, 2005.

Page, R.A. Flexibility in foraging: Tales of a frog-eating bat. Bambi seminar, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama, May 5, 2005.

Page, R.A. Frogs, Toads, or Bob Marley? Flexibility and learning in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. 34nd Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Salt Lake City, UT, October 27-30, 2004.

Page, R.A. Behavioral flexibility in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Invited talk at the University of Ulm, Germany. Host: Dr. Elisabeth Kalko. August 31, 2004.

Page, R.A. and Ryan, M.J. Foraging flexibility and response to prey mating calls in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Invited talk in symposium: Sensory ecology in bat foraging behaviour, 13th International Bat Research Conference, Mikolajki, Poland, August 23-27, 2004.

Page, R.A. Behavioral flexibility in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Science Symposium, Panama City, Panama, July 8-9, 2004.

Page, R.A. and Bernal, X.E. Eavesdroppers are listening: Convergent acoustic preferences in frogs, bats, and flies. Invited talk in symposium: Sexual communication in túngara frogs, 41st Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Oaxaca, Mexico, June 13-16, 2004.

 

Reviewer for

Acta Chiropterologica, The American Naturalist, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behavioural Processes, Biology Letters, Biotropica, Current Biology, Ecology, Ethology, Evolutionary Ecology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Mammalia, PLoS ONE, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Science.