Current Lab Members

Graduate Students – Ph. D. Candidates

Research Topic (Funding sources)


Kate Langwig
Factors influencing bat species susceptibility to white-nose syndrome (WNS); how variation in host susceptibility and seasonal prevalence of WNS affects transmission and spread of the disease
(Bat Conservation International, National Science Foundation)


Elizabeth Braun de Torrez
Ecology, roosting and foraging behavior, and ecosystem services of North American bats in a pecan agroecosystem.
(BU Dean’s Assistantship, Bat Conservation International, NSF).
Nathan Fuller
The impact of wing damage caused by white-nose syndrome in Myotis lucifugus; Collective behavior and computer vision analysis of large groups of bats using thermal imaging.
(National Science Foundation, National Speleological Society, Bat Conservation International)
Pablo Jarrin
Phylogeography and ecology of neotropical cloud forest bats.
(Fulbright Foundation, ASM, Latin American Fund and Grant-in-Aid of Research, and BU’s CECB).
Susan W. Murray
Ecology and behavior of cryptic species of Rhinolophidae in Malaysia. (BU’s CECB, Bat Conservation International, NSF DDIG)
Aryn Wilder
Gene flow in little brown myotis (Myotis lucifigus); geographic spread of White-nose Syndrome among ittle brown myotis and overlapping species. (Morris Animal Foundation).

Current Post-doctoral Scholars


Jonathan Reichard
Thermal energetics and climate space of Brazilian free-tailed bats, Tadarida brasiliensis.
(NSF, Research Assistantship).


Winifred Frick
Oregon State University. Currently conducting research on demographic and population trends of bat species. (NSF)


Robert Hodgkison
University of Aberdeen. Currently conducting research on conservation biology of bats in Malaysia. (Lubee Bat Conservancy)


Christopher S. Richardson
Boston University. Currently investigating the energetics of stress and immune function of bats. (ORISE)


Former Students (1974 – 2010)

Former Ph.D. Students

Research Topic (Funding sources)

Peter V. August. 1981.
Population and community ecology of small mammals in northern Venezuela (Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellowship)
Christopher D. Burnett. 1981.
Ecogeographic variation in the morphology of the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus (NSF DDIG)
Edythe L.P. Anthony. 1982.
Pituitary cytology of the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugu (NSF Graduate Fellowship).
Holly M. Stack. 1985.
Energetics of reproduction in the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus (NSF, Sigma Xi).
Marty S. Fujita. 1986.
A latitudinal comparison of growth and development in the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus, with implications for geographic variation in adult morphology (NSF DDIG, ASM, and AMNH).
Allen Kurta. 1986.
Insulation, thermoregulation, and metabolic rates of the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) under simulated roost conditions (Sigma Xi, Theodore Roosevelt Fund, ASM, NSF).
Armando Rodríguez-Durán. 1990.
Physiological ecology of three species of neotropical bats living in hot caves (Puerto Rican Minority Scholarship Grant).
April A. Stern. 1995.
Maternal investment in the greater spear-nosed bat, Phyllostomus hastatus (NSF Graduate Fellowship, Dissertation Improvement Grant, and The Lubee Foundation, Inc.).
Ruth C.B. Utzurrum. 1998.
Feeding ecology and energetics of three pteropodid bats in the Philippines. (World-Wildlife Fund–U.S., Chicago Zoological Society, MacArthur Foundation, and Lubee Foundation).
D. Scott Reynolds. 1998.
Variation in life-history traits in the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) (ASM, Bat Conservation International, and Theodore Roosevelt Fund).
Johanna M. Bloss. 2000.
Chemical ecology of bats (National Institutes of Health, The Lubee Foundation, Inc., Theodore Roosevelt Fund, and NSF–Dissertation Improvement Grant; AAUW Fellowship).
Tigga Kingston. 2000.
Community structure of bats in dipterocarp forests of Malaysia (The Lubee Foundation, Inc.).
Jay F. Storz. 2000.
Genetic structure and social evolution in an Old-World tent-making bat, Cynopterus sphinx (AMNH, Theodore Roosevelt Fund, The Lubee Foundation, ASM, and National Geographic Society, and NSF).
Wendy R. Hood. 2000.
Maternal investment in the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus (Lubee Foundation, Inc., ASM, Smithsonian Institution, Sigma Xi, and AMNH–Theodore Roosevelt Fund).
Robert Hodgkison. 2001.
Roosting and feeding ecology of an Old-World plant-visiting bat, Balionycteris maculata. (Lubee Foundation, Inc. and Bat Conservation International).
Suzanne L. Nelson. 2002.
Nutritional ecology of Old-World fruit bats: A test of the calcium-constraint hypothesis (Luis F. Bacardi Graduate Fellowship, The Lubee Foundation, Inc., and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund)
Lizabeth Southworth. 2004.
Calcium metabolism and vitamin-D in cave-dwelling bats (Sigma Xi; BU’s CECB).
Polly Campbell. 2005.
Evolution and Ecology of Southeast Asian fruit bats in the genus Cynopterus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) (The Lubee Bat Conservancy, the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, National Geographic Society).
Gloriana Chaverri. 2006.
Ecological correlates of social strategies in the Neotropical tent-making bat Artibeus watsoni. (ASM, The Conservation Food and Health Foundation,  BU’s CECB).
Christopher S. Richardson. 2006.
Intraspecific variation in metabolism and thermoregulation in Eptesicus fuscus (AMNH–Theodore Roosevelt Fund, American Society of Mammalogists, and Sigma Xi).


Jason W. Horn. 2007.
Nightly and seasonal behavior of bats in the aerosphere assessed with thermal imaging and NEXRAD Doppler RADAR. (NSF).


John Benjamin Rinehart. 2007.
Roosting ecology of Neotropical tent-making bats. (BU’s CECB).


Mariana Muñoz-Romo. 2008.
The importance of chemical signals in the mating strategies of bats. (Fulbright Foundation, BU’s CECB Assistantship).


Louise Allen. 2009.
Stress, reproduction and immunity in bridge- and cave-roosting Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis). (NSF, American Society of Mammalogists).


Marianne Moore 2010
Interactions between immune function, stress physiology, pathogen exposure and environmental contaminants in temperate bat species.
(NSF DDIG, Bat Conservation International, Biodiversity Research Institute).

Jonathan Reichard 2010
Thermal energetics and climate space of Brazilian free-tailed bats, Tadarida brasiliensis.
(NSF, Research Assistantship).

Former Post-Doctoral Scholars

David Byman (1981-1982)
Colorado State University (Department of Energy).
Edward Stashko (1984-1985)
Northwestern University (World Wildlife Fund)
Gary P. Bell (1985-1987)
Carleton University (Boston University Graduate School).
Allen Kurta (1986-1988)
Boston University (Boston University Graduate School).
Tolibjon Khabilov (1997-1998)
University of Moscow (Fulbright Foundation).
Noga Kronfeld-Schor (1998-1999)
TelAviv University (Fulbright and Rothchild Foundations).


Christian Voigt (1998-2000)
Erlangan University, Germany (DAAD).


DeeAnn Reeder (2001-2004)
University of California, Davis (National Institutes of Health).
Nickolay Hristov (2004-2008)
Wake Forest University (Department of Interior, NSF).
Daniel Riskin (2006-2008)
Cornell University.

Jason W. Horn (2007-2008)
Boston University (NSF).


Marianne Moore 2010
Interactions between immune function, stress physiology, pathogen exposure and environmental contaminants in temperate bat species.
(NSF DDIG, Bat Conservation International, Biodiversity Research Institute).


M. A. Students  (Research)

  • Ralph Hamill. 1974. Uptake of radionuclides by a population of woodchucks in the vicinity of a nuclear reactor.
  • Jamed G. Hallett. 1976. Space utilization in two sympatric murid rodents, Peromyscus leucopus and Clethrionomys gapperi.
  • Edythe L.P. Anthony. 1976. Feeding strategies of the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus in New Hampshire.
  • Elizabeth M. Howell. 1977. Potential biases in small mammal density estimates caused by differential trappability and chemical signals.
  • William T. Rumage, III. 1978. Food consumption and nightly dispersal of little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus.
  • Marylou A. Tracy. 1978. Ecology and life history of the bat flea Mysodopsylla insignis.
  • Robin F.  Bernath. 1978. Structure and dynamics of arthropod communities of bat guano deposits in buildings.
  • Karen M. Hoying. 1983. Growth and development of the eastern pipistrelle bat, Pipistrellus subflavus.
  • Carlos Díaz. 1986. Folivory in the Jamaican fruit bat, Artibeus jamaicensis.
  • Anne P. Brooke. 1988. Natural history of the Honduran white bat, Ectophylla alba, in Costa Rica.
  • Janey Winchell. 1990. Roosting ecology and time-budgets of the eastern pipistrelle, Pipistrellus subflavus.
  • Helen M. Papadimitrou. 1994. Ontogenetic changes in mineralization of the wing skeleton in the Mexican free-tailed bat, Tadarida brasiliensis.
  • Jennifer Newmark. 1998. Isolation calls of young Pteropus vampyrus facilitate mother-infant reunions (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae).
  • Jason W. Horn. 1998.  Individual variation in nightly time budgets of the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus.
  • Jamie Bender. 2000. Effects of ectoparasite loads on metabolic rates in Phyllostomus elongatus.
  • Pablo Jarrín. 2004. Geographical and interespecific variation of highland and lowland species of the Genus Sturnira (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Ecuador: A morphometric approach.