#08 - Zoologist Dr. Shannon Currie (Leibniz-IZW): incredible bats, life on the move, and mentorship goals

The guest of the last episode of the Marthe Vogt Podcast series is a zoologist Dr. Shannon Currie. She is currrently doing her postdoctoral research in the department of the evolutionary ecology of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

In the interview, Shannon tells in detail about the questions that drive her research, scientific challenges she faced during her career, and field experiments. She also recalls a moment in an Australian cave that defined her path as a bat scientist and reflects on the hurdles of the research work, pitfalls of the academic system, and what it takes to be a good mentor.


Dr. Shannon Currie completed her Bachelor’s (Hons) degree in Zoology at the University of Western Australia in 2009. She then undertook an internship at Oxford University before returning to Australia to begin her PhD at the University of New England with Prof. Fritz Geiser. Following the completion of her doctoral degree in 2015, for which she was awarded the Chancellor’s Research Medal, Dr. Shannon Currie joined the lab of Dr. Yossi Yovel at Tel Aviv University. In 2017, she received an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to further her study of the cardiac physiology of bats at the Leibniz-IZW with PD Dr. Christian Voigt.

The main goal of her research is to understand deeper how animals cope physiologically when faced with current and changing ecological pressures. As a postdoctoral fellow within the Voigt batlab in Leibniz-IZW, she is interested in questions about fuel use in migratory species, specifically comparing endurance flight in bats and birds from a multifaceted approach from intracellular processes to whole animal physiology. She also contributes to teaching Behavioural Ecology and Biology of Bats courses at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Listen the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts.

Podcast moderator and editor: Natalia Stolyarchuk.

Photo: Sasha Danilovich