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. 



A Phantom Road Experiment Reveals Traffic Noise is an Invisible Source of Habitat Degradation (with Heidi E. Ware, Christopher J.W. McClure, and Jay D. Carlisle), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2015)

Decades of research demonstrate that roads impact wildlife and suggest traffic noise as a primary...



A Molecular Phylogeny of Eumorpha (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) and the Evolution of Anti-Predator Larval Eyespots (with Francesca V. Ponce, Jesse W. Breinholt, Thomas Hossie, Daniel H. Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, and Akito Y. Kawahara), Systematic Entomology (2015)

Many insects possess conspicuous external circular ring markings that resemble the eye of a vertebrate....



Moth Tails Divert Bat Attack: Evolution of Acoustic Deflection (with Brian C. Leavell, Adam L. Keener, and Christopher J. W. McClure), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2015)

Adaptations to divert the attacks of visually guided predators have evolved repeatedly in animals. Using...



Anthropogenic Noise Alters Bat Activity Levels and Echolocation Calls (with Jessie P. Bunkley, Christopher J.W. McClure, Nathan J. Kleist, and Clinton D. Francis), Global Ecology and Conservation (2015)

Negative impacts from anthropogenic noise are well documented for many wildlife taxa. Investigations of the...



An Observation of Apparent Teaching Behavior in the Pallid Bat, Antrozous pallidus (with Jessie P. Bunkley), Western North American Naturalist (2014)

During a laboratory study of pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) hunting behavior, we observed an interaction...


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


Noise Pollution Threatens Animals, BBC - Earth News (2009)


To Elude Hungry Bats, Tiger Moths Jam Sonar, The New York Times (2009)


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...