My PhD research focuses on evaluating bat activity and species composition changes in a White Nose Syndrome-positive region to determine urbanization’s effects. The WNS-causing fungus thrives in cold and humid environments. Interestingly, the role of urbanization, which creates warmer and drier climates due to its “heat island effect,” has not been investigated. I hypothesize that with the appropriate combination of landscape features, urban areas within a WNS-positive region could serve as quality habitat for bats.
Pederson, S., D. Trauger, and J. Parkhurst. 2007. Learning to Live with Coyotes in Metropolitan Areas. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 420-050, Blacksburg, VA.
Pederson, S. 2004. Urban Coyotes: Preparing the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area for Their Arrival. MNR. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region.
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