Hannah ter Hofstede

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
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
Clas of 1978 Life Sciences Center, room 026
HB 6044
Biological Sciences
B.Sc. University of Guelph
M.Sc. York University
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Selected Publications

Symes LB, Page RA, ter Hofstede HM (2016) Effects of acoustic environment on male calling activity and timing in Neotropical forest katydids. Behav Ecol Sociobiol online first DOI 10.1007/s00265-016-2157-4.

ter Hofstede HM, Ratcliffe JM (2016) Evolutionary escalation: the bat-moth arms race. J Exp Biol 219: 1589-1602.

ter Hofstede HM, Schoneich S, Robillard T, Hedwig B (2015) Evolution of a communication system by sensory exploitation of startle behavior. Curr Biol 25: 1-8.

Falk JJ, ter Hofstede HM, Jones PL, Dixon MM, Faure PA, Kalko EKV, Page RA (2015) Sensory-based niche partitioning in a multiple predator - multiple prey community. Proc R Soc B 282: 20150520.

Robillard T, ter Hofstede HM, Orivel J, Vincente NM (2015) Bioacoustics of the Neotropical Eneopterinae (Orthoptera, Grylloidea, Gryllidae). Bioacoustics 24: 123-143.

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

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