My initial interest in bats was piqued as an undergraduate student at Auburn University when I happenstance enrolled in a field course entitled Bats of the Southwest. During this course I learned the techniques to capture and identify bat species of the southwestern United States all the while falling in love with bats as well as developing an appreciation for wild places. During the intervening 10 years since I was first introduced to bats, I have had the opportunity to study bats in Mexico, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United States. From these experiences I developed a love for international travel and the unique fauna of each country. As a doctoral student at Texas Tech University, I'm developing a research project in the Philippines and have hopes to expand my research efforts throughout Southeast Asia. My research centers on the impacts of human disturbances on cave-roosting bats but in general I'm interested in bat ecology and conservation. My role in the SEABCRU is as a doctoral student member of the Cave Bat Diversity and Conservation team.
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