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Wildlife Research and Field Biologist
Caroline Byrne, B.S.
Here is Caroline giving a cave tour in Ozark National Scenic Riverways national park in Missouri.

Caroline Byrne, B.S.

Wildlife Biologist


Caroline has used both acoustics and video to explore the social behavior of bats, earning several research grants to facilitate her studies. A former psychology major, she earned her degree in environmental science from Binghamton University in 2010.

Now completing her master’s degree in biology, Caroline is examining the social behavior of bats at maternity sites across the reproductive cycle. She joined BRI’s mammal team in 2015.


  • M.S., Biology, Indiana State University, Expected in 2015
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Binghamton University, 2010

Expertise and Experience

  • Mist net surveys
  • Radio telemetry and transmitter attachment
  • Spotlight checks and emergence counts of bats
  • Night vision video
  • Acoustics
    • Equipment: Anabat II and SD2, Petterson D240X and D500X, Binary Acoustics Technology AR125, and Wildlife Acoustics SM2 
    • Software: AnaLookW, AnaPocket, SonoBat, Echoclass, Raven Pro, and Kaleidoscope Pro

Research Interests

  • Social behavior of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) at day roost sites
  • Ecology of bats

Presentations and Posters


Byrne, C.M., and O’Keefe, J.M. 2014. Describing the social behaviors at Indiana bat day roost sites. Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting, Princeton, New Jersey.

Byrne, C.M., and O’Keefe, J.M. 2014. Describing the social behaviors at Indiana bat day roost sites. North American Society for Bat Research Annual Meeting, Albany, New York. Awarded: Titley Scientific Award for presentation quality

Byrne, C.M., O’Keefe, J.M., and Walters, B.L. 2013. Acoustic and observable behaviors at Indiana bat day roost sites. International Bat Research Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Byrne, C.M., D.A. Horvath, J.M. O’Keefe. 2010. Roost communication at Indiana bat day roost sites. 20th Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States: Asheville, North Carolina.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2014 Indiana Academy of Sciences, Describing the social behavior of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) at day roost sites
  • 2014 Indiana Space Grant Consortium, INSCG Masters Fellowship
  • 2013 Graduate Research Grant, Acoustic and Observable Behavior at Indiana bat day roost sites
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