Faculty & Staff

L. Michelle Gilley, Lecturer

Gilley Ph.D., Biology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 2013
M.S., Biology/Vertebrate Zoology, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2002
B.S., Wildlife Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 1995
Friday Hall 2013 | (910) 962-2854 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915

Research in bioacoustics has heavily favored birds and amphibians. However, with advancements in technologies for studying ultrasound (high frequency sounds above the hearing range of humans), the field of mammalian bioacoustics is rapidly growing. My research interests lie primarily in using bioacoustics as a tool to study mammalian behavior, ecology, and evolution. To examine these different aspects, I incorporate both laboratory experiments and field studies using various types of high frequency, acoustical equipment and software programs such as Raven© and Sonobat© to analyze data. Results of these efforts are then used to answer management and conservation-based questions, especially of threatened or endangered species. Currently, I have partnered with North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, Virginia Tech, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a protocol for acoustically monitoring endangered, Carolina northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) in western North Carolina.

Undergraduates with an interest in learning acoustical techniques in the study of vertebrates and seeking hours in directed studies (BIO 491) may email me. I will usually take on one or two students per semester.  Techniques learned can be applied to both terrestrial and marine organisms.

Current Manuscripts (in preparation):

Gilley, L. M., T. L. Best, and J. S. Scheibe. Discovery and characterization of high frequency calls in North American flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus and G. volans). 

Gilley, L. M., C. A. Kelly, and T. L. Best. Acoustic surveys increase detection of endangered, Carolina northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinuscoloratus) and southern flying squirrels (G. volans).

Gilley, L. M., T. L. Best, and J. B. Armstrong. The use of ultrasonic exclusion devices in deterring southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans) from nest boxes: implications for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers (Picoides borealis).


Gilley, L. M., and M. L. Kennedy. 2010. A test of mist-net configurations in capturing bats over stream corridors. Acta Chiropterologica, 12:363-369.

Hopkins, H. L., C. Sánchez-Hernández, M. L. Romero-Almarez, L. M. Gilley, G.D. Schnell, and M. L. Kennedy. 2003. Flight speeds of four neotropical bats. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, 48:711-714.

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