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Land, Labor. JEDI statement Land Acknowledgements: The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology performs research in northwest Ohio as well as the University of Michigan Biological Station. BGSU is located on the traditional territory belonging to the Wyandot, Kickapoo, Miami, Potowatomi, Odawa, and multiple other indigenous tribal nations. Without the care and respect shown to this land, both past and present, by these groups, we realize that this work may not have been possible. The University of Michigan is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadami Nations made the largest single land transfer to the University of Michigan. This was offered ceremonially as a gift through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids so that their children could be educated. Through these words of acknowledgment, their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and their contributions to the University are renewed and reaffirmed. Labor Acknowledgement: Although the Laboratory for Sensory Ecology was founded in 1994, the lab, BGSU, and UMBS have all benefited from the stolen labor at the foundation of this nation and its vast and inequitable wealth. It is our responsibility and moral obligation to respectfully acknowledge our collective and immense debt to the enslaved people whose labor and suffering was used to build the prosperity and wealth of this nation despite the fact that the nation refused and continues to refuse to recognize their humanity. JEDI statement (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion): The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology believes that all people deserve access to equitable educational and economic opportunities. In taking this position, we have to acknowledge that historic, systemic, institutional, and governmental barriers are still present within our educational system and continues to create oppression and disparities. This statement serves to acknowledge the grief, stress, pain, suffering, and anxieties that these systems have created in the past and continue to do so. The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology works proactively to fight against these injustices and actively work with community members, including those affected by racism, discrimination, and violence on the basis of their color, immigrant and indigenous status, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, or disability. By being proactive in our position, we acknowledge the fruitlessness of only being a witness and work to provide justice and to create a just society.

Dr. Paul A. Moore
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Our current areas of research

Skeletal Streams
Social Arenas
odor plume
Field Burrows
Douglas Lake Diving
Field Plumes
Field Odor Plumes
Agonsitic Behavior
Social Signals
Our work


The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology is a multi-disciplinary laboratory focusing on how organisms acquire and respond to information about their environment. Although we mainly study crustaceans and chemical senses, we are interested in any research at the interfaces between physics, sensory biology, ecology, and behavior. We perform research in a number of different areas and at a range of organizational levels including physics, chemistry, neurobiology, computer simulations, animal behavior, and ecological interactions.

We try to encourage the development of independent thinking and independent projects. My own research interests are broad and my students are free to follow research projects that are important and interesting to them. If you look at our publication list, it is clear that we have worked on a number of different animals. In addition to the independence, the Laboratory for Sensory Ecology is an interactive and collaborative research environment. My main role is to provide an academic environment where people can pursue their scientific interests free of most distractions. We value creativity, free thinking, and hard work above everything else. See the index at the top to find out more about the lab or our current projects.


Meet The Tribe

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Alexandria West, MS, 2025, Behavior

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Kayla Harvey, BS, 2024, Ecotoxicology


Madison Wagner, Ph.D. 2026, Predator Prey Interactions

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Anna Merritt, MS-PhD, 2025 (2029), Predator-Prey Interactions

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Nikki Storer, PhD, 2027 Crayfish Ecology


Jackie Kossey, MS-PhD, 2025 (2029), Aquatic Ecotoxicology


Maggie Menso, M.S. 2024, Aquatic Ecology

Paul A. Moore

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Laboratory for Sensory Ecology

Department of Biological Sciences

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio 43403


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