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Mr. Tomas Nocera


  • BA University of New Hampshire 2016


Before joining the Fish and Wildlife Department at Virginia Tech and the Cooperative Research Unit I was involved in various wildlife and forestry projects. I have worked closely with the New England Stewardship Network and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension working with various conservation organizations including land trusts and wildlife refuges. As a Land steward I assisted in developing baseline reports, establishing CFI plots, assessing conservation easements, as well as engaging in invasive species removal. I have also had experience in wildlife rehabilitation working with Macropods and wombats, as well as assisting in a damsel fish research project looking at changes in phenotypes among different generations using alarm cues in Australia.
My broad interests lie in working with different people and cultures in developing and tailoring management and conservation plans and solutions towards their needs and traditions.

Research Interests

The focus of my Masters research project is centered around analyzing the changes in bat population, activity, and habitat use pre and post White Nose Syndrome (2003-2016) in Fort Drum, NY. Specifically, looking at the changes in the Northern long-eared bat and Indiana bat. My research involves auto-acoustic monitoring as well as using habitat metrics to create a set of time series maps of bat activity throughout 2003 to 2016, along with establishing a method to effectively and efficiently sample for bats.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 72

Presentations: 118


Contact Information


Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute