Michaela Warnecke, Ph.D.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist for Auditory Spatial Perception at Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research). My research interests broadly center around how dynamic and complex signals embedded in noisy acoustic environments are processed and effectively guide perception.

You can find my full CV here.


Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland



M.A., Psychological and Brain Sciences

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland


B.Sc., Cognitive Science

Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany




Warnecke M, Simmons, JA, Simmons AM (2021) Population registration of echo flow in the big brown bat's auditory midbrain. Journal of Neurophysiology

Warnecke M, Litovsky RY (2021) Signal envelope and speech intelligibility differentially impact auditory motion perception. Nature Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10


Warnecke M, Peng ZE, Litovsky RY (2020) The impact of temporal fine structure and signal envelope on auditory motion perception. PLoS ONE, 15(8): e0238125. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238125


Warnecke M & Litovsky RY (2019). Understanding auditory motion perception: the role of temporal fine structure and envelope cues. Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics


Warnecke M, Macías S, Falk B & Moss CF (2018). Echo interval and not echo intensity drives bat flight behavior in structured corridors. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(24), jeb191155


Warnecke M, Falk B & Moss CF (2018). Echolocation and flight behavior of the bat Hipposideros armiger terasensis in a structured corridor. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(2), 806-813


Simmons JA, Gaudette JE & Warnecke M (2017). Biosonar inspired signal processing and acoustic imaging from echolocating bats. Biologically Inspired Radar and Sonar: Lessons from Nature, 5. IET London


Warnecke M, Lee W-J, Krishnan A & Moss CF (2016). Dynamic echo information guides flight in the Big Brown Bat. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 81


Warnecke M & Simmons JA (2016). Target shape perception and clutter rejection use the same mechanism in bat sonar. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 1–9


Simmons AM, Hom KN, Warnecke M & Simmons JA (2016). Broadband noise exposure does not affect hearing sensitivity in big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Journal of Experimental Biology, 219(7), 1031-1040


Warnecke M, Chiu C, Engelberg J & Moss CF (2015). Active Listening in a Bat Cocktail Party: Adaptive Echolocation and Flight Behaviors of Big Brown Bats, Eptesicus fuscus, Foraging in a Cluttered Acoustic Environment. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 86(1), 6-16


Warnecke M, Bates ME, Flores V & Simmons JA (2014). Spatial release from simultaneous echo masking in bat sonar. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135 (5), 3077 3085


Gaudette JE, Kloepper LN, Warnecke M & Simmons JA (2014). High resolution acoustic measurement system and beam pattern reconstruction method for bat echolocation emissions. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135 (1), 513-520


Simmons AM, Warnecke M, Vu TT & Smith ATS (2014). Flow sensing in developing Xenopus laevis is disrupted by visual cues and ototoxin exposure. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 1-19