University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin (8/2002–present), Austin, Texas.
Ph.D. candidate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Section of Integrative Biology
hAdvisor: Dr. Michael J. Ryan
University of Texas at Austin (1/2000–5/2001), Austin, Texas.
Biology courses in preparation for graduate school
hUniversity Honor list, GPA 4.0
Columbia University (1992–1996), New York, New York
B.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures, Concentration in Anthropology
hMagna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, GPA 3.8
Smithsonian Institute Predoctoral Fellowship: 2007 – 2008.
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Fall 2006.
American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship: 2006 – 2007.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: 2003 – 2006.
American Society of Mammalogists, Elisabeth Horner Award for best research proposal: 2005.
Zoology Scholarship Endowment for Excellence, UT Austin: Fall 2004.
Center for Perceptual Systems, Travel Grant, UT Austin: Summer 2004, Summer 2003.
Dorothea Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship, UT Austin: Fall 2003.
American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund: Summer 2003.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-Term Fellowship: Spring 2003, Spring 2002.
Terrell H. Hamilton Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund: Fall 2002.
Dean’s Excellence Award, UT Austin: Summer 2002.
Magna Cum Laude, Columbia University: 1996.
Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University: 1996.
Bernal, X.E., Page, R.A., Rand, A.S., and Ryan, M.J. 2007. Cues for eavesdroppers: do frog calls indicate prey density and quality? American Naturalist 169: 409-415. [pdf]
Page, R.A. and X.E. Bernal. 2006. Quick guide to túngara frogs. Current Biology 16: R979-980. [pdf]
Page, R.A. and M.J. Ryan. 2006. Social transmission of novel foraging behavior in bats: frog calls and their referents. Current Biology, 16: 1201-1205. [pdf]
Page, R.A. and Ryan, M.J. 2005. Flexibility in assessment of prey cues: frog-eating bats and frog calls. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 272: 841-847. [pdf]
Gabor, C.R. and Page, R.A. 2003. Female preference for large males in sailfin mollies, Poecilia latipinna: the importance of predation pressure and reproductive status. Acta Ethologica 6: 7-12. [pdf]
Siemers, B.M. and Page, R.A. In press. Behavioral studies of bats in captivity: Methodology, training, and experimental design. In Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats (eds. T.H. Kunz & S. Parsons).
Page, R.A. “Predator use of prey cues: Learning and flexibility in a frog-eating bat.” Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany. Host: Dr. Björn Siemers. March 16, 2007.
Page, R.A. “Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls.” Invited talk for the Acoustics Seminar Series, Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin. Host: Dr. Preston Wilson. November 10, 2006.
Page, R.A. “Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls.” Biology Department, Texas A&M University. Host: Dr. Michael Smotherman. November 6, 2006.
Page, R.A. “Sensory mode switching in prey detection by the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” 35th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Wilmington, NC, October 18-21, 2006.
Page, R.A. “Predator use of prey cues: Frog-eating bats and frog calls.” Invited talk at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Host: Dr. Björn Siemers and Dr. Ulrich Schnitzler. February 2, 2006.
Page, R.A. “Whisper in my pinna: Social learning, persistence, and memory in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” 35th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Sacramento, CA, October 19-22, 2005.
Page, R.A. “Flexibility in foraging: Tales of a frog-eating bat.” Bambi seminar, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama, May 5, 2005.
Page, R.A. “Frogs, Toads, or Bob Marley? Flexibility and learning in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” 34nd Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research, Salt Lake City, UT, October 27-30, 2004.
Page, R.A. “Behavioral flexibility in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” Invited talk at the University of Ulm, Germany. Host: Dr. Elisabeth Kalko. August 31, 2004.
Page, R.A. and Ryan, M.J. “Foraging flexibility and response to prey mating calls in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” Invited talk in symposium: Sensory ecology in bat foraging behaviour, 13th International Bat Research Conference, Mikolajki, Poland, August 23-27, 2004.
Page, R.A. “Behavioral flexibility in the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus.” Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Science Symposium, Panama City, Panama, July 8-9, 2004.
Page, R.A. and Bernal, X.E. “Eavesdroppers are listening: convergent acoustic preferences in frogs, bats, and flies.” Invited talk in symposium: Sexual communication in túngara frogs, 41st Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Oaxaca, Mexico, June 13-16, 2004.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Every spring from 2002–present), Panama.
hDesigning and conducting behavioral experiments to study the foraging ecology of the frog-eating bat, Trachops cirrhosus (part of ongoing Ph.D. research)
Bat Conservation International (8/2002–2/2003), Austin, Texas.
hWorking with Dr. Barbara French to record and analyze the social communication calls of a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, Tadarida brasiliensis
University of Texas at Austin (10/2001–1/2003), Austin, Texas.
Research Assistant—Dr. George Pollak
hMaintaining a captive colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, Tadarida brasiliensis
hDesigning and conducting experiments to study bat social communication signals
University of Texas at Austin (10/1999–5/2000), Austin, Texas.
Research Assistant—Dr. Caitlin Gabor
hConducting experiments to test the association behavior of Amazon mollies (Poecilia formosa) and sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge (5–7/2000–2001), Maine.
Island Supervisor– Petit Manan Island (2000) and Metinic Island (2001)
hSupervised a field crew at a remote island research station
hMonitored the population dynamics and reproductive behavior of nesting terns, guillemots, puffins, gulls, and eiders
U.S. Geological Survey – Biological Resources Division (10/1998–6/1999), Hawaii.
Intern—Palila Project; Hakalau Forest Birds Project
hResearched productivity-limiting factors for endangered Hawaiian honeycreepers
hMistnet birds; monitored nests; censused and controlled predators
American Museum of Natural History (summers: 1995–1999), New York.
Intern—Great Gull Island Project
hTrapped, banded, and monitored populations of nesting Common and Roseate Terns
University of Texas at Austin, Teaching assistant, Austin, Texas.
h Student instructor for BIO 214, Introductory biology, Structure and Function (Fall 2005), for Dr. Kathrin Stanger-Hall.
h Student instructor for BIO 370, Evolution (Spring 2007), for Dr. Martin Schlaepfer.
Bat Conservation International (Fall 2006), Austin, Texas.
h Volunteered for the Austin Education Program: visited Austin schools to teach children about bats.
h Wrote article for popular bat conservation magazine: Page, R.A. 2004. “Little Old Man: A tale of frogs, fish and amazing memories.” Bats 22: 4, 1-4.
Bat illustration by Kristina Schlegel, ©2007