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Professor receives funding for bat study

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dr. Thomas Tomasi, associate dean of the Graduate College and professor of biology at Missouri State University, received a grant of $38,910 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his proposal “Gray Bat Susceptibility to White-Nose Syndrome.”

“This project will test whether this (gray) bat species is susceptible to dying of white-nose syndrome,” said Tomasi. “If we determine this winter that it is, then next year we hope to extend the study to investigate parameters such as  how important cave temperature is in the mortality rate, and to test at least one potential treatment to minimize the number of gray bats that die from the disease.”

The grant will fund environmentally controlled chambers used to house the hibernating gray bats throughout the duration of the project.

For more information, contact Tomasi at (417) 836-5169.

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