Dr. Mark A. Bee   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Integrative Taxonomy of Indian Frogs: Biodiversity & Bioacoustics"
Field of Study: Environment
Home Institution in US: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Host Institution in India: University of Delhi, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: August 2013 and June 2014 (serial grant)
Duration of grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Mark Bee received his BS (1995) in biology and chemistry from Butler University in Indiana and his PhD (2001) in biology, with an ecology and evolution emphasis, from the University of Missouri. His dissertation research investigated vocally mediated social recognition in frogs. Between 2001 and 2005, Dr. Bee was a postdoctoral researcher at the Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet in Germany, where he investigated the neural mechanisms of hearing in songbirds. Since 2005, Dr. Bee has been a faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, where he is now an associate professor. He is also affiliated with the University’s Graduate Program in Neuroscience. The current research focuses of Dr. Bee’s laboratory include acoustic communication and sensory biology in frogs. Over the years, Dr. Bee has received federal funding for his research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Since 2000, he has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on hearing and sound communication in animals.

The long-term objective of Dr. Bee’s research is to derive robust taxonomic descriptions of the frogs of India by integrating morphological, molecular and bioacoustic methods. The immediate objective of his Fulbright project is to advance collaboration between a US scientist with expertise in frog behavior and bioacoustics and an Indian scientist at the University of Delhi with expertise in the molecular and morphological taxonomy of frogs. The project has the following specific aims: (1) create a digital archive of the calls of Indian frogs; (2) use "integrative taxonomy" to delimit and describe new species; (3) investigate the evolution of vocal repertoires.