The Cold Killer: White Nose Syndrome in Bats

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Date(s) - 01/15/2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Michigan State University - Natural Resources Building Room 338

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Maarten Vonhof is a professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental & Sustainability studies and Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. He is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with strong emphasis on conservation. His current research mainly focuses on the influence of urbanization on the ecology and behavior of animals (primarily birds), and the ecology and genetics of host-parasite and host-disease systems. He has been studying bats for 25 years, including Master’s research on forest dwelling bats in Canada, PhD work on the social behavior of disk-winged bats in Central America, and subsequently numerous studies in many areas of the New World. He has been actively studying White Nose Syndrome since 2012 and has mainly focused on population genetic approaches to estimating disease spread and testing a potential treatment for the disease, some of which he’ll talk about today.