White-nose syndrome research

Our lab will be involved in a large collaborative research project on white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The continental epidemic of the fungal pathogen that causes WNS is sweeping across North America from east to west. We are part of a diverse team that will collect field data and model the susceptibility of western bat species to the fungus. The goal is to help land managers address the conservation needs of susceptible species. Our collaboration is led by Sarah Olson at Wildlife Conservation Society, and includes Dr. Liam P. McGuire (Texas Tech University, Dr. David Hayman (Massey University), Dr. Brett G. Dickson (Conservation Science Partners), and Dr. Cori L. Lausen (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada). The project is funded by the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.