Mikkel Brydegaard Sørensen
I have a background as electrical engineer, but I am currently pursuing research in the field of applied optical spectroscopy. I consider insects and birds as large atmospheric particles with very interesting properties. I am interested in the interaction between insects, birds and light ranging from deep ultraviolet through visible and out into the infrared. I try to understand this interaction on a microscopic level, and then I use this knowledge and apply LIDAR (laser radar) methods for monitoring and classifying these bio-aerosols. My favorite topic in this regime is what I refer to as remote microscopy.
These approaches bring novel insight and new opportunities in studying and quantifying behavior of flying animals on an ecological scale of kilometers. Some of the possibilities include marking and remote detection of very small species by fluorescent powders or remote coloration measurement of nocturnal migrating birds. We can also measure the general flight activity of insects; we can relate it to temperature, wind and compare flight preferences of genders and species. Since the electro-optical systems we operate with provide very accurate timing of insect occurrences we are able to record and quantify e.g. the chasing between genders or between predators and prey.