Welcome to the Bat Ecology & Genetics Lab
Our mission is to leverage genetic
approaches for global bat species conservation.
Bats are the second most diverse and
abundant mammalian order, but probably the least understood due to their
cryptic biology. Because bats fly, most are small-bodied and nocturnal, and
many travel great distances nightly or annually, they have until recently been
difficult to study. New genetic tools are key to unravelling the secrets
of bats and thereby assisting conservation efforts. Our Species from Feces Initiative reliably
identifies bat species from around the world from guano, and has generated
considerable interest from federal and state agencies, mining and wind
companies, and internationally-focused NGOs. Our success with bats has led us
to take additional taxa under our wing for species and diet identification from
The searchable database on our
website allows users to determine the power of our assay for identifying bat species
that interest them. The Species from Feces tool has immediate application in
the U.S., where bats are under threat from White-Nose Syndrome, and is also useful
globally with the ability to identify over 90% of bat species for which genetic
information is available. Please see our paper.
Who We Are
We are a team of bat ecologists, wildlife geneticists, bioinformaticians, graduate and undergraduate students, genetics research specialists, and field technicians. We develop and use emerging genetic approaches to better understand bats. Species from Feces is a powerful tool for these difficult-to-study mammals, in a time of great conservation need.