I saw this question in Lupe’s feedback. It seemed like a good one for us all to wrestle with. Thoughts?
Lupe wrote: In my presentation I didn’t include why scientists were doing this type of research on bio-acoustics. There was plenty of interest on whether this research was going to benefit humanity in one way or another or if scientist were doing this just for science’s sake.
This was a pretty difficult question to answer since it can be answered multiple ways. I talked a little bit about WNS and how studying bats benefits humanity because bats are very beneficial to people. But I couldn’t give a good answer as far as the purpose for the study of bio- acoustics. Obviously we do it to study bat behavior but the question came back around to why. It almost seemed as people were looking for a bigger meaning and perhaps that is some thing that is missing in my program.