Fernando Montiel-Reyes, MS


Saludos desde Mexico City. I am a biologist interested in animal behaviour. I was born in Mexico city where even though it is an urban landscapes, I always tried to learn more about animals.  I worked for some years in Chapultepec zoo in Mexico City.  My undergraduate thesis was on bear population genetics in northern Mexico, but for my M.S I decided to work with bats because of the recent findings about their communication systems. I am currently working on my Master’s in Science degree with Dr. Bohn and Dr. Jorge Ortega at the Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, in Mexico City. I am interested in social and vocal communication and bats have one of the most complex vocalizations repertoires in mammals! They can fly through their environment and forage using echolocation calls.  In addition to these high frequency sounds, several species have developed a consistent group of lower frequency calls used while they roost for social interactions like dominance establishment and mating.  My interest is to learn either how much the syntax of these calls can vary in broad-tailed bats (Nyctinomops laticaudatus) through different seasons and between colonies. I am focusing on vocalizations used in mating and territoriality. I am examining colonies at Uxmal in the Yucatan and near Veracruz in Mexico.    fer_p3@yahoo.com.mx Congrats Fercho on finishing your MS!

1,000’s of Nyctinomops roost in the Governor’s Palace of the Mayan ruins at Uxmal, Mexico.

100’s of Nyctinomops live in the door of the oldest church in Mexico, Veracruz state.