We recently had a program presented by the RiverWoods Resident Education Committee entitled "The Bat Population and the Response to White-Nose Syndrome" presented by Dr. Jeff Foster of UNH.
I am sure many of us have read about the rapid decline of the bat population. Why should we care? Because bats play an important role in insect control and in agriculture.
Jeff is Assistant Professor Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences University of New Hampshire, a mouthful that Jeff shortens to "Little Biology".
At dinner we learned that Jeff, although a New Englander by birth and at heart, studied in the med-west, gaining his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Illinois. He wrote his dissertation on exotic bird invasions into the forests of Hawaii. Then he ventured to Washington DC to work for the Smithsonian Institution as a postdoctoral researcher where his work focused on avian malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers.
How do you get from honeycreepers to bats?