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Genetic Structure of Ozark Big-eared Bat Populations and the Establishment of an Unobtrusive Population Monitoring Program

Ozark big-eared bat (endangered) in eastern Oklahoma


October 2010 - September 2013


We seek to develop a panel of variable genetic markers that are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, versatile enough to be adaptable to a variety of tissue sources (membrane punches, fecal matter) and allow for the long-term genetic monitoring of populations of Ozark Big-eared bats with minimal disturbance. We are using these genetic markers to obtain information on the genetic structure of populations of Ozark Big-eared Bats throughout their range in Oklahoma and Arkansas. We also will develop protocols using these nuclear genetic markers for long-term, unobtrusive genetic monitoring of populations of Ozark Big-eared Bat in Arkansas and Oklahoma.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • David LeslieCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey