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About Jesse R. Barber

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.


2011 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences


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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 - National Science Foundation Grant, Hawkmoth/Bat Interactions $270,000
  • 2007 - Cocke Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Biology, Wake Forest
  • 2006 - Bat Research News Award for Research Excellence, 36th North American Symposium on Bat Research
  • 2008-2010 - National Park Service, Natural Sounds Program, RM-CESU "The Masking Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Predator/Prey Interactions" (with Kevin Crooks) $188,000


  • BIOL 192 General Biology II (Zoology Section)
  • BIOL 497/597 Sensory Ecology
  • ZOOL 301 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

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