Activities as we round out Summer 2021!

Lab efforts continue to move along, with bat roost monitoring, pitfall trap visits, establishing a dermestid colony for our small mammal museum efforts, wrapping up camera-trapping efforts for EKU’s REU program, and teaching kiddos about bugs at EKU’s Family Nature Day!

Way to go, Reed!

Reed Crawford graduated from the lab in summer of 2020, and is now pursuing his PhD in the O’Keefe Lab at UIUC! He is hitting the ground running, authoring a piece with Dr. O’Keefe in Conservation Science in Practice entitled “Avoiding a conservation pitfall: Considering the risks of unsuitably hot bat boxes.” It’s a great read, and is jam-packed with practical considerations not only for scientists and stewards, but really for everyone invested in bat conservation!

Congrats, Sarah and Shannon!

The grad students have been in high-gear lately… Both Sarah and Shannon presented their intended MS research to their committees (and received the ‘stamp of approval’).

On top of that both lab members also gave a departmental seminar about some of their research activities since joining the lab a little under a year ago. Shannon talks about two years worth of bat colonization of rocket boxes, and Sarah talks about the status of small mammal records in the EKU Mammal Collection! Their seminar materials can be viewed from the EKU BIOS Youtube Channel, and below:

Congrats, Michaela!!!

A big congratulations to Michaela Rogers, who defended her M.S. thesis today! Michaela has done a stellar job over the past couple years, and all the while has held down a full-time position in the Wildlife Diversity Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. WOOO, Michaela!

Her exit seminar can be viewed from the EKU BIOS Youtube Channel, and below: