The Science Seminar Series: Octpober 15, 2009
Functional Relationships between Bats and Their Habitat
Dr. Holly Ober
University of Florida
Time: 4:00 -5:00pm
The day-to-day research conducted in many scientific fields revolves around the testing of theories. However, much of the research currently taking place in the field of wildlife ecology is far removed from ecological theory. This has led to a great deal of repeated efforts among researchers and limited overall progress in the ultimate goal of the discipline to gain a fundamental understanding of basic principles. Bats are a taxa that has received scant research attention, due in part to the difficulties associated with studying activity patterns of cryptic, nocturnal species. I will discuss how we used a hypothesis-driven approach to examine linkages in riparian food webs in forests of the Pacific Northwest in an effort to gain a better understanding of foraging ecology of bats.