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1. Rude, Megan R. Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods.

Degree: MS, Biological Sciences, 2019, Wright State University

The goals of my thesis are to: 1) identify species of bats in Wright State University’s (WSU) campus woods via acoustic surveys to compare to detections from previous years (Chapter 1) (2) analyze occupancy and detection probabilities of Indiana bats in different areas throughout the woods (Chapter 1), and 3) create an acoustical approach to analyze habitat use through bat social calls (Chapter 2).In Chapter 1, I conducted stationary acoustic surveys in the Wright State University woods in hydric (riparian), edge, and old growth habitats to record bat vocalizations. The WSU woods have a diverse bat community as ten out of eleven possible bat species were detected. Furthermore, foraging habitat selection was species-specific, and could be driven by wing loading and competitive exclusion. Indiana bat occupancy was consistent throughout the woods; habitat did not affect occupancy. Indiana bat detection was not affected by habitat or precipitation but was positively correlated with temperature. As temperatures increased, bat detection probabilities also increased. In Chapter 2, I conducted stationary acoustic surveys in the WSU woods in riparian, edge, and old-growth habitats to record Indiana bat social calls. The WSU woods housed federally endangered bats, and likely Indiana bat maternal roost sites indicated by the presence of isolation calls. This study also demonstrated that habitat analysis using social calls is a viable way to detect quality foraging areas and maternal roost sites. Advisors/Committee Members: Bahn, Volker (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Biology; Ecology; Wildlife Conservation; Wildlife Management; Bat species; endangered bats; endangered Indiana bats; bat social calls; bat vocalizations; isolation calls; maternal roost sites; Wright State University woods

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APA (6th Edition):

Rude, M. R. (2019). Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods. (Masters Thesis). Wright State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=wright1567178023187443

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rude, Megan R. “Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Wright State University. Accessed September 19, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=wright1567178023187443.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rude, Megan R. “Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods.” 2019. Web. 19 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Rude MR. Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Wright State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 19]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=wright1567178023187443.

Council of Science Editors:

Rude MR. Bat species diversity and habitat use assessment with focus on endangered Indiana bats in the Wright State University woods. [Masters Thesis]. Wright State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=wright1567178023187443

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