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 in Puerto Rico. The data that we are accumulating will aid in the conservation and management of these intriguing mammals.
Lim, B., M. B. Fenton, R. M. Brigham, S. Mistry, A. Kurta, E. Gillam, A. Russell, J. Ortega, eds. 2021. 50 years of Bat Research––Foundations and New Frontiers. Springer, New York, 374 pp.
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