NOROCK EcoLunch Seminar Series
NOROCK EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal seminar presentations.
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 12 p.m. Mountain Time
Presenter: Kathi Irvine, Katie Banner, and Wilson Wright
Title: Bats and Stats—Improving the search for cryptic mammals in the dark
Abstract: North American bats are facing increasingly serious conservation threats due to the rapid spread of the bat disease white-nose syndrome (WNS), an expanding footprint of the wind power industry, and accelerated global change. However, bats are under-studied relative to other taxonomic groups (amphibians, birds, carnivores, etc.) because of their cryptic and nocturnal behavior. To combat the dearth of data available to inform conservation and management of bats nationally, a collaborative monitoring effort was proposed in 2015 — the North American Bat monitoring program (NABat). We highlight our work that provides statistical guidance to NABat partners conducting acoustic surveys. Specifically, we have addressed the following questions: How can we incorporate contributed data from outside the proposed NABat 'master sample' or probabilistic design? Is deploying 2-4 acoustic recording devices for multiple nights within a 10km x 10km grid cell sufficient? How many 10km x 10km grid cells need to be acoustically surveyed when implementing NABat?" Additionally, we highlight a project with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to use statistical models to inform surveillance efforts to detect WNS in Montana. All of our NOROCK work focuses on providing accessible and transferable decision support tools for others to use –R shiny applications, R packages, maps, etc. We will attempt a live demo of the tools we have developed as a means to communicate with partners.
Location: Third Floor Western Transportation Institute Conference Room, 2327 University Way, Suite 2. (Click HERE for directions)
Meeting ID: 981801
April 24 - Kathi Irvine, Bats and Stats at NOROCK
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