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Post WNS bat ecology in the eastern United States


January 2013 - December 2022


This project is a comprehensive investigation of the foraging and roosting ecology and distribution of bats in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast following White-nose Syndrome with emphasis on the threatened Northern long-eared bat and the endangered Indiana bat. Work is expanding to encompass Coastal Plain bat ecology including migratory patterns or eastern red bats.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Austin, L., A. Silvis, W.M Ford and K.E. Powers. 2018. Effects of historic wildfire and prescribed fire on site occupancy of bats in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA. Journal of Forestry Research (in press)
  • Austin, L.V., A.S. Silvis, M.S. Muthersbaugh, K.E. Powers and W.M. Ford. 2018. Bat Activity Following Repeated Prescribed Fire in the Central Appalachians. Fire Ecology (in review)
  • Muthersbaugh, M.S., W.M. Ford, A. Silvis and K.E. Powers. 2018. Activity patterns of cave-dwelling bat species during pre-hibernation swarming and post-hibernation emergence in the central Appalachians. Acta Chiropterologica (in review)
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  • Silvis, A. 2014. Social Day-roosting Ecology of the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) and the Endangered Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis). PhD Dissertation. VPI&SU, Blacksburg. 163 p.
  • Austin, L.V. 2017. Impacts of Fire on Bats in the Central Appalachians. MS Thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Muthersbaugh, M.S. 2018. Seasonal activity Patterns of Bats in the Central Appalachians. MS Thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg. p 167
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • Army Installation Command
  • Capital Areas Region
  • Disease Encylical
  • Fort Meade Military Reservation
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Legacy
  • NASA
  • National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
  • Navy Facilities and Engineering Command
  • NPS National Capital Region
  • NPS Northeastern Region
  • Region 5
  • US Army Fort AP HIll
  • USFWS Region 4
  • USFWS Regions 3, 4, and 5
  • USGS Biology Disease Directorate
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Dept. Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Field Office
  • WNS Response Program


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey