Hannah ter Hofstede

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society Graduate Program

My research is in the field of sensory ecology, which investigates how sensory systems evolve to encode the environmental cues that are crucial for an animal’s survival and reproduction. I am fascinated by how sensory system evolution interacts with the behavior and ecology of animals. Most of my work explores the acoustic world of bats and their insect prey. This type of research requires an interdisciplinary approach combining physiological, behavioral, ecological, and phylogenetic data, obtained both in the lab and in the field. 

Personal Website
026 Life Sciences Center
HB 6044
Biological Sciences
B.Sc. University of Guelph
M.Sc. York University
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Selected Publications

ter Hofstede HM, Goerlitz HR, Ratcliffe JM, Holderied MW, Surlykke A (2013) The simple ears of moths are tuned to the calls of their sympatric bat community. J Exp Biol, doi: 10.1242/jeb.093294.

ter Hofstede HM, Goerlitz HR, Montealegre-Z F, Robert D, Holderied MW (2011) Tympanal mechanics and neural responses in the ears of a noctuid moth. Naturwissenschaften 98:1057-1061

Goerlitz HR, ter Hofstede HM, Zeale MRK, Jones G, Holderied MW (2010) An aerial-hawking bat uses stealth echolocation to counter moth hearing. Current Biology 20:1568-1572

ter Hofstede HM, Kalko EKV, Fullard J (2010) Auditory-based defence against gleaning bats in Neotropical katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae). J Comp Physiol A 196:349-358

ter Hofstede HM, Killow J, Fullard J (2009) Gleaning bat echolocation calls do not elicit antipredator behaviour in the Pacific field cricket, Teleogryllus oceanicus (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). J Comp Physiol A 195:769–776

ter Hofstede HM, Fullard JH (2008) The neuroethology of song cessation in response to gleaning bat calls in two species of katydids, Neoconocephalus ensiger and Amblycorypha oblongifolia. J Exp Biol 211:2431-2441