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Photo of Elisabeth Kalko ELISABETH KALKO

Elisabeth Kalko is a Research Associate in the Vertebrate Zoology Department at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Her research interests include the echolocation, foraging behavior and community structure of bats.

As a research affiliate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Kalko studies bats on Barro Colorado Island, where she has catalogued more than 70 species. To study how bats use echolocation to identify food, Kalko uses a combination of old-fashioned field observation and modern technology including the acoustic monitoring techniques seen on Expedition Panama.

Kalko is also interested in finding clues to the big questions in evolutionary biology. Why, for example, has such a large diversity of bat life developed in the tropics? You can read Kalko's opinions about this question by visiting the Smithsonian Institution. For more about her work in Panama, go to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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