Spanish journal highlights bushcrickets research

Research by Life Sciences academic Dr Fernando Montealegre-Zapata is to be featured in the Spanish version of Scientific American.

Dr Montealegre-Z’s main research area focuses on the hearing mechanisms of the South American bushcricket or katydid.

In 2012, he discovered a previously unidentified hearing organ in the bushcrickets’ ear, which could pave the way for technological advancements in bio-inspired acoustic sensors research, including medical imaging and hearing aid development.

This breakthrough was published in the eminent journal, Science.

Dr Montealegre-Z discovered a newly identified organ while carrying out research into how the bushcricket tubing system in the ear transports sound. Results suggest that the bushcricket ear operates in a manner analogous to that of mammals.

Revista Investigación y Ciencia will cover this finding, as well as highlights of other research conducted by Dr Montealegre-Z.