Post by Sharon Faulkner on Sept 2, 2007 10:14:56 GMT -5
Student explores bat health Ectoparasites and Health of Bat Populations August 2007 By Nicole Ouellet
Erin Swerdfeger, a recent graduate of the Faculty of Science, is spending her summer researching ectoparasites and how they affect the health of bats.
Swerdfeger explains that very little is known about bats and information that is collected on the types of parasites found on each bat species is valuable knowledge to better understand the health and longevitiy of these creatures.
During her research, Swerdfeger will compare parasite load on bats, as an indicator of bat health, to find out if the number of parasites on bats is affected more by specific location, or if there is a broader regional trend in amount and types of ectoparasites found on bats in and around Calgary.