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. 



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...



An Experimental Investigation into the Effects of Traffic Noise on Distributions of Birds: Avoiding the Phantom Road (with Christopher J. W. McClure, Heidi E. Ware, Jay Carlisle, and Gregory Kaltenecker), Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2013)

Many authors have suggested that the negative effects of roads on animals are largely owing...



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...



A Framework for Understanding Noise Impacts on Wildlife: An Urgent Conservation Priority (with Clinton D. Francis), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2013)

Anthropogenic noise is an important environmental stressor that is rapidly gaining attention among biologists, resource...


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...