Link: Page Lab
Address: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
ATT: Rachel Page
9100 PANAMA CITY PL
Washington DC 20521-9100
Telephone: +507 212-8000
Vertebrate behavior, sensory and cognitive ecology, predator-prey interactions, signal evolution
My current research focuses on learning and memory in neotropical bats, in particular the role of social learning on bat foraging dynamics in nature. My research combines field studies with laboratory experiments to test hypotheses about the cognitive constraints of predators, and the effect of these constraints on the evolution of their prey.
Education and Degrees
B.A., Columbia University, 1996.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2008.
Page, R.A., von Merten, S. (equal contribution), Siemers, B.M. 2012. Associative memory or algorithmic search: a comparative study on learning strategies of bats and shrews. Animal Cognition.
Akre, K.L., Farris, H.E., Lea, A.M., Page, R.A., Ryan, M.J. 2011. Signal perception in frogs and bats and the evolution of mating signals. Science 333: 751-752.
Jones, P.L., Page, R.A., Hartbauer, M., Siemers, B.M. 2011. Behavioral evidence for eavesdropping on prey song in two Palearctic sibling bat species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 333-340.
Bernal, X.E., Page, R.A., Ryan, M.J., Argo, T.F., and Wilson, P.S. 2009. Acoustic radiation patterns of mating calls of the túngara frog (Physalaemus pustulosus): implications for multiple receivers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 126: 2757-2767.
Page, R.A. and M.J. Ryan. 2008. The effect of signal complexity on localization performance in bats that localize frog calls. Animal Behaviour 76: 761-769.
Bernal, X.E., Page, R.A., Rand, A.S., and Ryan, M.J. 2007. Cues for eavesdroppers: do frog calls indicate prey density and quality? American Naturalist 169: 409-415.
Page, R.A. and X.E. Bernal. 2006. Túngara frogs. Quick guide for Current Biology 16: R979-980.
Page, R.A. and M.J. Ryan. 2006. Social transmission of novel foraging behavior in bats: frog calls and their referents. Current Biology, 16: 1201-1205.
Page, R.A. and Ryan, M.J. 2005. Flexibility in assessment of prey cues: frog-eating bats and frog calls. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 272: 841-847.