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Cory Toth, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boise State University
email: corytoth(a)boisestate.edu
CV (which is updated more often than this website) available here


I have a wide-ranging set of interests within behavioural ecology, having worked on projects involving physiology, cognition, landscape ecology, and natural history. Currently I am working as a postdoctoral research associate at Boise State University in the Barber Lab, investigating how natural soundscapes (e.g. river and surf noise) structure bird, bat, and insect communities.

My PhD, which I completed in 2016, described the lekking behaviour of New Zealand's endangered (and very odd) Lesser Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata); a mating system which had been described in only one other species of bat previously. Part of this work involved investigating why this mating system is so rare within Chiroptera, as the group arguably has the highest diversity of mating behaviours of all mammalian Orders.

Prior to my PhD I primarily worked with Black-capped Chicakdees (Poecile atricapillus) at the Queen's University Biological Station for both my Masters and Honours theses (see Education tab for details of each).



Header photo: The view down the Eglinton Valley near the New Zealand Department of Conservation outpost at Knobs        Flat. The beech forests of the Eglinton Valley house one of the largest known populations of short-tailed bats.