Tigga spent the last couple of weeks in Cambodia for the SEABCRU Flying Fox Workshop 2013. We started off with a meeting of the Flying Fox Team (Tammy Mildenstein, Sara Bumrungsri, Paul Racey, Kevin Olival, CE Nuevo and Sheema Abdul Aziz) to catch up on some of their writing commitments — which they are doing an awesome job on. Then we prepared for and moved into the SEABCRU Flying Fox workshop, with participants from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. The workshop went even better than I could have hoped, and we have made some great new connections for the SEABCRU in Cambodia and southern Vietnam, and got great press coverage in the Cambodian Daily and Phnom Penh Post. More details about the workshop here and here . Thanks to Neil Furey (from the SEABCRU cave team) and Sophany and Sarak at RUPP for being such excellent hosts!.
Karina is in Erin Gillam’s lab at North Dakota State University, but is visiting DBS at Tech to work with Dr Baker. However, she has also joined our lab for meetings and fieldwork, and today gave us a super talk on her dissertation work – title below! Thanks Karina!
Tigga’s chapter in the new Bat Evolution, Ecology and Conservation book edited by Rick Adams and Scott Pedersen is now available in the online version of the book - if your library/institute has access to it. Rick and Scott intended it to be a an “update”, sort of, for the 1987 landmark volume “Recent Advances in The Study of Bats” for those who have that sitting on their shelves!
Kingston, T. (2013). Response of bat diversity to forest disturbance in Southeast Asia – insights from long-term research in Malaysia. Pp 169-185. In: Bat Evolution, Ecology and Conservation (eds. RA Adams, SC Pedersen). Springer Science Press.
On both her marriage to Jovenal Arañes last week, and being featured on the TTU website!
The lab had a great time earlier this month at the 16th IBRC in Costa Rica. Tigga convened a symposium with Richard Stevens entitled “Frontiers in Bat Assemblage Ecology: Novel Perspectives from the Old and New World” and gave a paper in the session (“Spatial analysis of species interactions in diverse assemblages”) as did Maria (“Detection and Characterization of Bat Hotspots: a Fusion Test of Local Spatial Autocorrelation”). Tigga was also involved “Building a Global Network for Bat Conservation Symposium” organized by BCI, with a paper presented by Tammy Mildenstein on the SEABCRU (“The Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit: regional bat conservation exceeding the sum of its parts”)
Julie (“Beyond Size: morphological predictors of bite force in a diverse insectivorous bat assemblage from Malaysia”), Ain (“The interplay between weather and reproduction in three cave-dwelling insectivorous bats in a Malaysian tropical rainforest”) and Joe (“Is bat coffee a potential “wing-wing” tool for biodiversity conservation in Southwestern Sumatra?”) entered the student competition with their presentations and congratulations to Joe on winning the Avinet Award!! Kendra (“Conserving bats in the Philippines: assessing the impact of cave disturbance on bat assemblages”) and Marina (“Mobile transects are more effective at detecting bat passes than stationary points in low bat density landscapes”) both presented in the Ecological Monitoring symposium, and Colleen had a poster entitled “Effectiveness of Operational Mitigation in Reducing Bat Fatalities at the Sheffield Wind Facility, Vermont”. Nick got his first exposure to bat nerds en masse — this was the largest IBRC so far with 650 people.
Other presenters from Dept of Biological Sciences at Tech were: Liz Siles, Cibele Sotero-Caio, Caleb Philips from Dr Baker’s lab, and Dr Carl Phillips.
The lab is very grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Biological Sciences for financial assistance for the grad students’ travel.
In an effort to get some bats to build up Marina’s full-spectrum call library, we embarked on a lab++ (Tigga, Marina, Danny, Maria, Liz, Karina) trip to Matador Wildlife Management Area. We set up some beautiful nets over the summer remnants of a river, but sadly didn’t catch anyone, probably in part because it was a full moon.
The semester ended with a wonderful visit from Dr Wendy Hood - Tigga’s academic sister from grad school days, now an assistant prof at Auburn University. Wendy studies nutritional ecology of vertebrate growth, reproduction, and performance and gave the departmental seminar ’Investigating the roles of nutrition, lactation, and bone metabolism in reproductive performance’, as well as going over some of her bat research in our lab meeting. We then found time for a quick jolly to Caprock Canyon…..