Research

 
A hoary bat (Lasiuris cinereus) captured at Devil's Tower National Monument.

A hoary bat (Lasiuris cinereus) captured at Devil's Tower National Monument.

Niche Differentiation

Although wildlife managers generally treat species as monolithic groups that inhabit the same niche space, we have a pretty good idea that there's quite a bit of interindividual variation within species when it comes to how individuals live their day-to-day lives. We're studying this interindividual variation and the role it has in stabilizing populations and communities in the bats of South Dakota's Black Hills.

 
 
A Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) captured at Devil's Tower National Monument.

A Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) captured at Devil's Tower National Monument.

Management Applications

Conservation is important, so while we're doing our conceptual research, we're also going to do research that helps wildlife and public land managers better manage for bats. We'll be inventorying the bat population,  analyzing which trees bats roost in (at both the tree and stand level), and identifying how bats use Jewel Cave.