Graduate seminar
Biology of the Chiroptera



Biol 685
Spring 2004, Fall 2006, 2009
Joe Szewczak

Through selected readings and individual student presentations, this seminar will cover bat natural history, ecology, community and social structure, and specialized adaptations including physiological torpor and echolocation. This seminar will also address the specialized methods used to investigate bats.
Photo: Hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus, SFSU Bio 315, July 2003. Joe Szewczak.

Topics

Bat natural history and physiological ecology

challenges to life as a bat and the special solutions bats have developed
bat physiological ecology relevant to their habitat needs
threats to bat survival; global status
ecological value of bats
morphology and identification
diversity and distribution
echolocation
flight mechanics
the principles and bioacoustics and echolocation
social interactions and behavioral ecology
reproduction and development

Techniques used in bat wildlife investigations

foraging surveys; capture vs. detection methods
roost surveys
temporal, spatial data aspects
acoustic detection and identification of bats
understanding bat detectors and how they work
assessing habitat for bats

Conservation and management

forests; snags
mines
agriculture
altered and developed landscapes
bridges
airports
roost management
mitigation measures
regional priority matrix
public issues