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Modeling Bat Habitat Use Across Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BISO): Potential Effects of Prescribed Fire


January 2014 - May 2016


We will study year-round bat activity on BISO and relate species presence and activity to environmental conditions such as temperature and rainfall, forest type, forest structure, and management history. Seven prescribed fires have been conducted since 2005 and these sites will be sampled as will a number of unburned sites. We will use these data to model the potential effects of BISO’s fire management plan on habitat suitability for various bat species inhabiting the park.

Research Products and Activities


  • Burns, L. 2016. Seasonal Habitat Use and Activity of Bats in Relation to Prescribed Fire and Environmental Conditions. MS Thesis, Clemson University.


  • Burns, L.*, S. Loeb, W. Bridges, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Influence of prescribed fire on bat activity in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. North American Society for Bat Rsearch, Albany, New York.
  • Burns, L., S. Loeb, P.G.R. Jodice. 2015. Winter activity patterns of bats on the Cumberland Plateau. North American Bat Research Symposium, Monterey, California.
  • Burns, L.*, S.C. Loeb, W.C. Bridges, P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Following the flames? Bat Occupancy in Cumberland Plateau Forests Managed by Fire. North American Society for Bat Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4246



Funding Agencies

  • NRPP


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey