I first became passionate about bats in my hometown of Tucson, AZ. My family would hang nectar feeders with the hopes of attracting the local hummingbirds. Little did we know, but we would also attract some nocturnal visitors. Mexican long-tongued bats (Choeronycteris mexicana) and Mexican long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris curasoae) visited our feeders during their late summer migration to maternity roosts. I was able to take some wonderful pictures as the bats hovered around the feeders.
My first bat research experience was a short desert bat class in the Mojave Desert. We listened to bat calls on an Anabat detector and caught at least three different bat species in the mist nets. After that experience I knew I wanted to be a bat biologist. I have worked with many animal groups including birds, tortoises, and primates, but bats are by far my favorite.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California Davis. Before I joined the Kingston Lab at Texas Tech University, I worked with captive fruit bats at the Lubee Bat Conservancy in Gainesville, FL.
My research focuses on habitat utilization by bats in NW Texas. I am currently conducting driving transects and point counts to develop method standards and assess occupancy of different habitats by bat species. I will also be investigating how anthropogenic and climatic variables affect the presence and abundance of bats in Texas. You can follow my research on the West Texas Bat Research page on this website.