Bat Projects in Parks: Carlsbad Caverns

Summary

White-nose Syndrome (WNS) and Bat Projects: Do Western Bat Species Possess Natural Defense to WNS?

PI: Connie Wilson, Kent Schwarzkopf, Steve Baumann, Diana Northrup

Carlsbad Caverns is using the funds to conduct research on white-nose syndrome (WNS). The investigators will be investigating the skin/fur microbiome of different bat species captured and sampled in the park to identify potential biocontrol agents for WNS and will be using these results to educate park visitors.