Signe Brinkløv

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Curriculum Vitae for Signe Marie Mygind Brinkløv Last Updated August, 2010

Date of birth: 24.06.80Citizenship: Danishemail: brinklov@biology.sdu.dkphone: +45 2668 6735

Education1999-2004 BSc (honours), Biology, University of Southern DenmarkBachelor project title: ”Predator avoidance versus mating opportunity in the Egyptian cotton leafworm, Spodoptera littoralis. - A trade-off experiment with emphasis on male moth mating experience”, advisors: Niels Skals and Annemarie Surlykke

2004-2006 Minor in Sports Science, University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics

2004-2007 MSc, Biology, University of Southern DenmarkMasters thesis title: “Intensity of biosonar signals from the neotropic ’Long-legged bat’, Macrophyllum macrophyllum”, advisor, Annemarie Surlykke, external referee, Hans Baagøe, Ass. Prof. and curator of mammals, Museum of Zoology/Copenhagen University

2007-2010 Ph.d. in Experimental Biology, University of Southern DenmarkPh.d. thesis title: “Echolocation call intensity and beam pattern of Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae)”, advisor: Annemarie Surlykke, committee, Dr. Björn Siemers, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany, Dr. Anette Denzinger, Tübingen University, Germany, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, Ass. Prof., Institute of Biology, university of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

International research experienceLund University, Sweden, Dept. of Chemical EcologyLaboratory work; pheromone extraction, gas chromatography, walking bio-assays, using acoustic equipment to create artificial bat calls and moth colony maintenance.

Isla Barro Colorado and Bocas del Toro, Panama, Smithsonian Tropical Research InstitutionCollaboration with Professor Dr. Elisabeth Kalko. Mist-netting, multi-microphone acoustic array recordings (field and flight cage), data analysis using SigPro, BatSound and MatLab.

Ulm University, Germany, Dept. of Experimental EcologyRecordings of captive bats, 3 week field tropical ecology course at Palo Verde, Poco Sol and Tirimbina field stations in Costa Rica.

Universidad de La Habana, Cuba, Facultad de BiologiaCollaboration on acoustic recordings of Cuban bats with Emanuel Mora and Silvio Macias.

Teaching experience and communicative skills2008 Instructor – undergraduate course, “From molecule to ecosystem”2008 Lecturer and Instructor – graduate course, “Seminars in biology”2007/2008 Instructor – biology course for high school students

Since 2001 I have worked part time with outreach and guided tours in Odense Zoo. I chose this job as an opportunity to develop my communicative skills and practise my ability to adapt communication to various target groups ranging from children to scientific professionals. I studied sports science for two years, as this particular education programme is designed specifically with the aim of developing teaching skills, not only from a strictly scientific angle, but also through alternative teaching approaches. I see this as a valuable tool in the effort of building a bridge between the scientific community and the “outside world”.I have previous teaching experience within different areas from my work as a substitute language and mathematics teacher, several years of coaching basketball to children (age 7-11 yrs.) and teenagers (age 12-15 yrs.) and during my undergraduate studies, I have practised my written communicative skills through volunteer work in the Nature Committee of The Danish Scout Association, writing articles about nature for target groups of various ages.

Funding (DKr)

Oticon Scholarship for graduate students (MSc finishing grant) 100 000

Siemensfonden (technical equipment) 30 000

Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation (full 3 yr ph.d. stipend) 1 669 503

Language skillsDanish (mother tongue), English, German, French, Spanish

Extracurricular activities

Further travel experience
  • Across North America, New York-San Francisco, summer 1999
  • Greenland, summer 2005
  • Trans Siberian Railway, Russia-Mongolia-China, summer 2004
  • Climbed Mt. Fuji, Japan, summer 2009

Physical activity

  • Completed H.C. Andersen Marathon, Odense, Denmark, 2006, ING Amsterdam ½ Marathon, Holland, 2006, City of Rome Marathon, Italy, 2007
  • Completed 14 hour adventure race, 2006
  • PADI Advanced Open Water diving certificate
  • Rock climbing and bouldering

PhotographyI bring my Nikon D50 and 300 mm telelens everywhere!

ReferencesAnnemarie Surlykke, University of Southern Denmark, ams@biology.sdu.dkElisabeth Kalko, Ulm University, Germany/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, Panama, elisabeth.kalko@uni-ulm.deJohn Ratcliffe, University of Southern Denmark,

Peer-reviewed Research PublicationsBrinkløv, S., Jakobsen, L., Ratcliffe, J., Kalko, E.K.V. and Surlykke, A. (2010) Echolocation call intensity and directionality in flying short-tailed fruit bats, Carollia perspicillata (Phyllostomidae)". J Acoust. Soc. Am. Accepted for publication July 21, 2010.

Brinkløv, S., Kalko, E. K. V. and Surlykke, A. (2010) Dynamic adjustment of biosonar intensity to habitat clutter in the bat Macrophyllum macrophyllum (Phyllostomidae). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. Published online June 8, 2010. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-010-0998-9

Brinkløv, S., Kalko, E. K. V. and Surlykke, A. (2009) Intense echolocation calls from two ‘whispering’ bats, Artibeus jamaicensis and Macrophyllum macrophyllum (Phyllostomidae). J. Exp. Biol. 212: 11-20. DOI:10.1242/jeb.023226

Presentations at international scientific meetings and departments15th International Bat Research Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, August 2010. “Adaptation of echolocation call intensity to ecological constraints in phyllostomid bats.” (invited symposium talk, student award for best oral presentation)

Institute of Experimental Ecology, Ulm University, Germany, July 2010. “Echolocation call intensity and beam pattern of Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae).” (seminar talk)

5th Animal Sonar Symposium, Kyoto, Japan, September 2009. “Intensity and directionality of the phyllostomid bat Carollia perspicillata revisited.” (poster)

Acoustic Communication by Animals. 2. International Conference, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, August 2008. “Between whispers and screams - Echolocation call intensity from two phyllostomid bats, Macrophyllum macrophyllum and Artibeus jamaicensis.” (poster)

XIV International Bat Research Conference, Merida, Mexico, August 2007. “How loud can you whisper? Intensity estimates of echolocation calls from two phyllostomid bats and the significance for acoustic surveys.” (invited symposium talk)

Press coverageBrinkløv et al., 2009 (J. Exp. Biol.) was one of the chosen highlights of the year in Inside JEB ( and featured in articles in New Scientist (Dec. 12. 2008, ), Süddeutsche Zeitung (No. 293, Wed. Dec. 17. 2008) and Science Daily (Dec. 20. 2008,

Brinkløv et al., 2010 (Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol.) is mentioned as an In Brief in the Discoveries pages for the Autumn issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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Research Output 2009 2019

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A 2.6-g sound and movement tag for studying the acoustic scene and kinematics of echolocating bats

Stidsholt, L., Johnson, M., Beedholm, K., Jakobsen, L., Kugler, K., Brinkløv, S., Salles, A., Moss, C. F. & Madsen, P. T., Jan 2019, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10, 1, p. 48-58

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Brinkløv, S. & Warrant, E., 2017, In : Current Biology. 27, 21, p. R1145-R1147

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rain forests
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Oilbirds produce echolocation signals beyond their best hearing range and adjust signal design to natural light conditions

Brinkløv, S., Elemans, C. & Ratcliffe, J., 2017, In : Royal Society Open Science. 4, 12 p., 170255.

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Fast sensory–motor reactions in echolocating bats to sudden changes during the final buzz and prey intercept

Geberl, C., Brinkløv, S., Wiegrebe, L. & Surlykke, A., 31. Mar 2015, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112, 13, p. 4122–4127

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Echolocation in Oilbirds and swiftlets

Brinkløv, S., Fenton, M. B. & Ratcliffe, J., 2013, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 4, 123, p. 1-12 12 p.

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Press / Media

Stem på forskernes bedste formidling i 2018

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Fedtfuglens sansesystemer kan inspirere droneflyvning

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Universitetspædagogikum 2016 - Vinter

Signe Brinkløv (Recipient), 8. Dec 2016

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Teaching & Supervision

Zoophysiology - 10 ECTS undergraduate course

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Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Behavioral Biology II - 10 ECTS graduate (Master level) course

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Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching