Meta PHoDcast #08: Anka Kuhelj, biologist

Biologist Anka Kuhelj on communication with and among insects. #MetaPHoDcast

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ANKA KUHELJ holds a BSc in Biology and is currently a Junior Researcher at the Department of Entomology at the National Institute of Biology. Her work includes listening and occasionally talking to shield bugs and cicadas. These insects communicate via substrate vibrations. Research into their behaviour has revealed interesting strategies for coping with hunger and competition in male specimens as well as ongoing evolution – a population of cicadas in the Slovene Littoral has recently developed a new dialect. The podcast features a couple of proclamations of love by two cicada species, shown along with the waveforms of their songs in the image below.

 

Author: LUKA AUSEC, holds a doctorate in biosciences and can fluently read DNA – and sometimes literature. Enthusiastic about bending the body and the mind in all directions – and sometimes inwards. Enjoys spreading inspiring ideas – sometimes as tweets.

 

Translated by: Urša Klinc.

Več od Dr. Luka Ausec

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