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Dr. Allen Kurta, Professor

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401-E Mark Jefferson Science Complex

(734) 487-1174

akurta@emich.edu

B.S. Michigan State University

M.S. Michigan State University

Ph.D. Boston University 

Recipient of the 2004 Ron Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity 

Research Interests

My students and I are interested in the ecology, behavior, and natural history of mammals, with an emphasis on bats. Our studies have examined diet, distribution, nocturnal behavior, echolocation, roost selection, and daily and seasonal movements of various species. Much of our work involves radiotracking and monitoring bats that live in trees, especially the evening bat and the endangered Indiana bat. More recently, we have been involved in studies concerning the activity of bats at wind farms and are monitoring our hibernating populations for the arrival of white-nose syndrome—the most devastating wildlife disease ever in North America. In addition, we have on-going projects concerning the diet and parasites of bats on Puerto Rico. The data that we are accumulating will aid in the conservation and management of these intriguing mammals.

Courses

BIO 120 Introductory Biology II

BIO 411 Animal Physiological Ecology

BIO 474 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

BIO 481 Natural History of Vertebrates

BIO 483 Mammalogy

BIO 511 Animal Physiological Ecology

BIO 474G Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (graduate)

BIO 581 Natural History of Vertebrates

BIO 583 Mammalogy

Publications

BOOKS

Kurta, A. 2008. Bats of Michigan. Indiana State University Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation, Terre Haute, Indiana, 72 pp.

M. Lacki, J. Hayes, and A. Kurta, eds. 2007. Bats in forests: conservation and management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 368 pp.

M. R. Gannon, A. Kurta, A. Rodríguez-Durán, and M. R. Willig. 2005. The bats of Puerto Rico: an island focus and a Caribbean perspective. Texas Tech Press, Lubbock, Texas, 239 pp.

Kurta, A., and J. Kennedy, eds. 2002. The Indiana bat: biology and management of an endangered species. Bat Conservation International, Austin, Texas, 253 pp.

Kurta, A. 1995. Mammals of the Great Lakes Region. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 376 pp.

Kurta, A. 1995. An illustrated dissection guide to the Norway rat. Delta Biological (Ranaco), Tucson, Arizona, 34 pp.

ARTICLES

J. Deunff, J. O. Whitaker, Jr., and A. Kurta. 2011. Description of nymphal stages of Periglischrus cubanus Dusbabek, 1968 (Acari, Spinturnicidae), parasites from Erophylla sezekorni bombifrons Miller, 1899 (Chiroptera) from Puerto Rico with observations on the global nymphal stages and host-parasite relationships. Journal of Medical Entomology, 48(4):758-763.

Slider, R. M., and A. Kurta. 2011. Surge tunnels in quarries as potential hibernacula for bats. Northeastern Naturalist, 18(3):378-381.

Kurta, A. 2010. Reproductive timing, distribution, and sex ratios of tree bats in Lower Michigan. Journal of Mammalogy, 91(3):586-592.

Schaetz, B. A., A. Kurta, A. Rodríguez-Durán, O. M. Münzer, and R. Foster. 2009. Identification of bats on Puerto Rico using the scanning electron microscope to examine external hairs. Caribbean Journal of Science, 45(1):125-130.

Winhold, L., A. Kurta, and R. Foster. 2008. Long-term changes in an assemblage of North American bats: are eastern red bats declining? Acta Chiropterologica, 10(2):359-366.

Winhold, L., and A. Kurta. 2008. Netting surveys for bats in the Northeast: differences associated with habitat, duration of netting, and use of consecutive nights. Northeastern Naturalist, 15(2):263-274.

Münzer, O. M., and A. Kurta. 2008. A leucistic little brown bat in Michigan. Michigan Birds and Natural History, 15(2):39-40.

Münzer, O. M., and A. Kurta. 2008. Silvering—a new color abnormality in the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus. Bat Research News, 49(1):11-13.

Bricklin, R. B., A. Kurta, S. M. Smith, and W. H. Scullon. 2007. Long-term philopatry of a hibernating eastern pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus). Michigan Birds and Natural History, 14(5):183-185.

Kurta, A., and G. Kwiesinski. 2007. The square-eared anomaly in New World Myotis. Acta Chiropterologica, 9(2):495-501.

Kurta, A., J. O. Whitaker, Jr., W. Wrenn, and A. Soto-Centeno. 2007. Ectoparasitic assemblages on mormoopid bats from Puerto Rico. Journal of Medical Entomology, 44(6):953-958.

Kurta, A., M. Schwartz, and C. Anderson. 2007. Does a population of cougars exist in Michigan? American Midland Naturalist, 158(2):467-471.

J. Deunff, J. O. Whitaker, Jr., and A. Kurta. 2007. Description of Cameronieta torrei dusbabeki (Acari: Mesostigmata: Spinturnicidae), new subspecies with nymphs, parasitizing Pteronotus quadridens fuliginosus (Gray, 1843) (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae) from Puerto Rico. Journal of Medical Entomology, 44(2):179-285.

Kurta, A., L. Winhold, J. O. Whitaker, Jr., and R. Foster. 2007. Range expansion and changing abundance of the eastern pipistrelle (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in the central Great Lakes region. American Midland Naturalist, 157(2):404-411.

Barclay, R. M. R., and A. Kurta. 2007. Ecology and behavior of bats roosting in tree cavities and under bark. Pages 17-59 in Bats in forests: conservation and management. (M. J. Lacki, J. P. Hayes, and A. Kurta, eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.

Soto-Centeno, J. A., and A. Kurta. 2006. Diet of the brown flower bat (Erophylla sezekorni) and the Greater Antillean long-tongued bat (Monophyllus redmani) on Puerto Rico. Journal of Mammalogy, 87(1):19-26.

Winhold, L., and A. Kurta. 2006. Aspects of migration by the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Bat Research News, 47(1):1-6.

Kurta, A. 2005. Roosting ecology and behavior of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in summer. Pages 29-42 in The Indiana Bat and Coal Mining: a technical interactive forum. (K. C. Vories and A. Harrington, eds.). Office of Surface Mining, U. S. Department of the Interior, Alton, Illinois.

Kurta, A., E. Hough, L. Winhold, and R. Foster. 2005. The evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis) on the northern edge of its range—a maternity colony in Michigan. American Midland Naturalist, 154:264-267.

Winhold, L., E. Hough, and A. Kurta. 2005. Long-term fidelity of tree-roosting bats to a home area. Bat Research News, 46:9-10.

Kurta, A., C. A. Kurta, and H. Unger. 2005. An unintended trap for a western fox snake. Michigan Birds and Natural History, 12(5):243-244.

Murray, S. W., and A. Kurta. 2004. Nocturnal activity of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Journal of Zoology (London), 262:197-206.

Tibbels, A., and A. Kurta. 2003. Bat activity is low in thinned and unthinned stands of red pine. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:2436-2442.

Soto-Centeno, J. A., and A. Kurta. 2003. Description of fetal and newborn brown flower bats, Erophylla sezekorni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Caribbean Journal of Science, 39:233-234.

Kurta, A., M. K. Clark, J. Kath, P. Brown, K. Navo, D. Saugey, M. Tuttle, E. Valdez. 2003. Prioritizing monitoring needs. Pages 258-261 in Monitoring Trends in Bat Populations of the United States and Territories: Problems and Prospects (O'Shea, T. J., and M. A. Bogan, eds.). U.S. Geological Survey, Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR — 2003-0003.

Kurta, A., S. W. Murray, and D. H. Miller. 2002. Roost selection and movements across the summer landscape. Pages 118-129 in The Indiana bat: biology and management of an endangered species (A. Kurta and J. Kennedy, eds.). Bat Conservation International, Austin, Texas.

Murray, S. W., and A. Kurta. 2002. Spatial and temporal variation in diet. Pages 182-192 in The Indiana bat: biology and management of an endangered species (A. Kurta and J. Kennedy, eds.). Bat Conservation International, Austin, Texas.

Viele, D. P., A. Kurta, and J. Kath. 2002. Timing of nightly emergence. Pages 199-207 in The Indiana bat: biology and management of an endangered species (A. Kurta and J. Kennedy, eds.). Bat Conservation International, Austin, Texas.

Kurta, A., and H. Rice. 2002. Ecology and management of the Indiana bat in Michigan. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters), 33(3):361-376.

Kurta, A., and S. W. Murray. 2002. Philopatry and migration of banded Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) and effects of radio transmitters. Journal of Mammalogy 83(2):585-589.

Kurta, A. 2001. Bats on the surface: the need for shelter, food, and water. Pages 197-204 in Bat conservation and mining (K. C. Vories and D. Throgmorton, eds.). Office of Surface Mining, U. S. Department of the Interior, Alton, Illinois.

Martinus, W. F., and A. Kurta. 2001. Eastern pipistrelle in Ottawa County. Michigan Birds and Natural History, 8(3):133-135

Crawford, E., and A. Kurta. 2000. Color of pitfall affects trapping success for anurans and shrews. Herpetological Review, 31(4):222-224.

Kurta, A. 2000. Bats in Michigan: an annotated list of scientific publications and theses. Michigan Birds and Natural History, 7(3):137-145.

Kurta, A. 1999. Big brown bat/Eptesicus fuscus. Pages 115-117 in The complete book of North American mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., 750 pp.

Kurta, A. 1999. Southern yellow bat/Lasiurus ega. Pages 107-109 in The complete book of North American mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., 750 pp.

Sherwood, D. E., and A. Kurta. 1999. Winter record of the silver-haired bat from Wayne Co. Michigan Birds and Natural History. 6(3):153-155.

Foster, R., and A. Kurta. 1999. Roosting ecology of the northern bat (Myotis septentrionalis) and comparisons with the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Journal of Mammalogy, 80(2):659-672.

Kurta, A., and J. O. Whitaker, Jr. 1998. Diet of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) on the northern edge of its range. American Midland Naturalist, 140(2):280-286.

Unger, C. A., and A. Kurta. 1998. Status of the eastern pipistrelle (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Michigan. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters), 30(4):423-437.

Kurta, A., J. Caryl, and T. Lipps. 1997. Bats and Tippy Dam: species composition, seasonal use, and environmental parameters. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters), 29(4):473-490.

Kurta, A., K. J. Williams, and R. Mies. 1996. Ecological, behavioural, and thermal observations of a peripheral population of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis). Pages 102-117 in Bats and Forests (R. M. R. Barclay and R. M. Brigham, eds.). Research Branch, Ministry of Forests, Province of British Columbia, Victoria, B.C., 292 pp.

Mies, R., A. Kurta, and D. G. King. 1996. Eptesicus furinalis. Mammalian Species, 526:1-7.

Kurta, A., and G. C. Lehr. 1995. Lasiurus ega. Mammalian Species, 515:1-7.

Kurta, A., and R. Foster. 1995. The brown creeper (Aves: Certhiidae): a competitor of bark-roosting bats? Bat Research News, 36(1):6-7.

Kurta, A., and J. A. Teramino. 1994. A novel hibernaculum and noteworthy records of the Indiana bat and eastern pipistrelle (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). American Midland Naturalist, 132(2):410-413.

Kurta, A., and R. Foster. 1994. An unusual concentration of hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) in Illinois. Bat Research News, 35:83.

Kurta, A. 1994. Bark roost of a male big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus. Bat Research News, 35(3):63.

Kurta, A., J. Kath, E. L. Smith, R. Foster, M. W. Orick, and R. Ross. 1993. A maternity roost of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) in an unshaded, hollow, sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis). American Midland Naturalist, 130(2):405-407.

Kurta, A., D. King, J. A. Teramino, J. M. Stribley, and K. J. Williams. 1993. Summer roosts of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) on the northern edge of its range. American Midland Naturalist, 129(1):132-138.

Kurta, A., and J. A. Teramino. 1992. Bat community structure in an urban park. Ecography (Holarctic Ecology), 15(1):257-261.

Kurta, A., and M. Ferkin. 1991. The correlation between demography and metabolic rate: a test using the beach vole (Microtus breweri) and the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus). Oecologia, 87(1):102-105.

Kurta, A., and M. E. Stewart. 1991. Parturition in the silver-haired bat, Lasioncyteris noctivagans, with a description of the neonates. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 104(4):598-600.

Kurta, A. 1991. Torpor patterns in food-deprived Myotis lucifugus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) under simulated roost conditions. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 69(1):255-257.

Kurta, A., and R. H. Baker. 1990. Eptesicus fuscus. Mammalian Species, 356:1-10.

Kurta, A., T. H. Kunz, and K. A. Nagy. 1990. Energetics and water flux of free-ranging big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) during pregnancy and lactation. Journal of Mammalogy, 71(1):59-65.

Kurta, A., T. Hubbard, and M. E. Stewart. 1989. Bat species diversity in central Michigan. Jack-Pine Warbler, 67(3):80-87.

Kurta, A., G. P. Bell, K. A. Nagy, T. H. Kunz. 1989. Water balance of free-ranging little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) during pregnancy and lactation. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 67(10):2468-2472.

Kurta, A., G. P. Bell, K. A. Nagy, T. H. Kunz. 1989. Energetics of pregnancy and lactation in free-ranging little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Physiological Zoology, 62(3):804-818.

Dood, S. B., and A. Kurta. 1988. Additional records of Michigan bat ectoparasites. Great Lakes Entomologist, 21(3):117-118.

Kurta, A., and T. H. Kunz. 1988. Roosting metabolic rate and body temperature of male little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) in summer. Journal of Mammalogy, 69(3):645-651.

Kurta, A., and M. Fujita. 1988. Design and interpretation of laboratory thermoregulation studies. Pages 333-352 in Ecological and behavioral methods for the study of bats. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 533 pp.

Kunz, T. H., and A. Kurta. 1988. Capture methods and holding devices. Pages 1-29 in Ecological and behavioral methods for the study of bats. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 533 pp.

Kurta, A., K. A. Johnson, and T. H. Kunz. 1987. Oxygen consumption and body temperature of female little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) under simulated roost conditions. Physiological Zoology, 60(4):386-397.

Kurta, A., and T. H. Kunz. 1987. Size of bats at birth and maternal investment during pregnancy. Symposia of the Zoological Society of London, 57:79-107.

Kurta, A. 1986. Factors affecting the resting and post-flight body temperature of little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus. Physiological Zoology, 59(4):429-438.

Kurta, A. 1985. External insulation available to a non-nesting mammal, the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 82A(2):413-420.

Hitchcock, H. B., R. Keen, and A. Kurta. 1984. Survival rates of Myotis leibii and Eptesicus fuscus in southeastern Ontario. Journal of Mammalogy, 65(1):126-30.

Kurta, A. 1982. Social facilitation of foraging behavior by the hermit crab, Coenobita compressus, in Costa Rica. Biotropica, 14(2):132-136.

Dood, S. B., and A. Kurta. 1982. New records for ectoparasites of Michigan bats. Great Lakes Entomologist, 15(3):217-218.

Kurta, A. 1982. A review of Michigan bats: seasonal and geographic distribution. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters), 14(3):295-312.

Kurta, A. 1982. Flight patterns of Eptesicus fuscus and Myotis lucifugus over a stream. Journal of Mammalogy, 63(2):335-337.

Kurta, A. 1980. Notes on summer bat activity at Michigan caves. National Speleological Society Bulletin, 42(4):68-69.

Kurta, A. 1980. Status of the Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis, in Michigan. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters), 13(1):31-36.

Kurta, A., and J. O. Matson. 1980. Disproportionate sex ratio in the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus. American Midland Naturalist, 104(2):367-369.

Kurta, A. 1980. Accidental death of bats trapped in ceiling crevices. Jack-Pine Warbler, 58(1):34.

Kurta, A. 1979. Bat rabies in Michigan. Michigan Academician (Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters), 12(2):221-230.

Kurta, A. 1979. Southern flying squirrel caught in mist net. Jack-Pine Warbler, 57(3):170.

POPULAR ARTICLE

Kurta, A., and S. M. Smith. 2004. New life for old mines: bat hibernacula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Pages 47-51 in 2004 NSS Convention Guidebook (T. Rea, ed.). National Speleological Society, Huntsville, Alabama.