Dr. Jesse Barber joined the Biological Sciences faculty at Boise State University in 2011. Before coming to Boise, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Colorado State University where, in collaboration with the Natural Sounds Program of the National Park Service in Fort Collins, he has been researching the masking effects of anthropogenic noise on predator/prey interactions. Dr. Barber earned both his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wyoming, and then a Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Barber and his students study the behavior, evolution and conservation of predator-prey systems employing bioacoustic, videographic and 3D reconstruction techniques to quantify how animals process sensory input and act on the resulting information to capture prey or evade death.
Hawkmoths Produce Anti-Bat Ultrasound (with Akito Y. Kawahara), Biology Letters (2013)
Bats and moths have been engaged in aerial warfare for nearly 65 Myr. This arms...
The Effect of Human Activities and Their Associated Noise on Ungulate Behavior (with Casey L. Brown, Amanda R. Hardy, Kurt M. Fristrup, Kevin R. Crooks, and Lisa M. Angeloni), PLoS One (2012)
Background: The effect of anthropogenic noise on terrestrial wildlife is a relatively new area of...
Anthropogenic Noise Exposure in Protected Natural Areas: Estimating the Scale of Ecological Consequences, Landscape Ecology (2011)
How Do Tiger Moths Jam Bat Sonar? (with Aaron J. Corcoran, Nickolay I. Hristov, and William E. Conner), Journal of Experimental Biology (2011)
The tiger moth Bertholdia trigona is the only animal in nature known to defend itself...
Anti-bat Tiger Moth Sounds: Form and Function (with Aaron J. Corcoran and William E. Conner), Current Zoology (2010)
The night sky is the venue of an ancient acoustic battle between echolocating bats and...
Contributions to Books
Sound Strategies: Acoustic Aposematism, Startle, and Sonar Jamming (with William E. Conner and Nickolay I. Hristov), Tiger Moths and Woolly Bears : Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of the Arctiidae (2009)
In the News
Evaluating the Prevalence of Masking as a Causal Factor in Wildlife Responses to Noise (with Kurt M. Fristrup), Acoustical Society of America (2010)
Many protected natural areas are chronically exposed to noise. Noise exposure grows faster than the...