Graduate student presents in Thailand on the critical role of bats in Guam as seed 撒播

Graduate student presents in Thailand on the critical role of bats in Guam as seed 撒播

Graduate student presents in Thailand on the critical role of bats in Guam as seed 撒播


18th International Bat 研究 会议在泰国普吉岛
18th International Bat Research 会议在泰国普吉岛. Photo courtesy of the International Bat 研究 Conference


jeried calaor到 在生物科学硕士 student at the bt365体育, joined about 450 other researchers from around 环球剧场在8月为 18th International Bat 研究 Conference in Phuket, Thailand, to present his thesis work on the threatened Mariana fruit bat.

Marianas fruit batHis research focused on the bat’s role as a seed disperser, a critical function to maintain forest biodiversity and health.

conference 和 first time I presented to an international audience. And I was able to learn from other researchers who are facing the same issues with their bat 种类。”

 The conference aims to bring together scientists to share new findings and innovative ideas on conducting research and, most importantly, the future of bat conservation. Bat populations around the world have declined, and more than 180 different species are listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable.   

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Ever since human activity began detrimentally impacting forests 和 brown tree

left standing. A better understanding of their ability to disperse seeds is critical for conservation efforts for both the bat and forests.

Calaor's presentation
Calaor with his biology professor, Daniel Lindstrom, at the International Bat 研究 会议在泰国普吉岛
For his research, Calaor studied how well the fruit bats, known locally as fanihi, dispersed the seeds from a native fig tree Ficus prolixa.

 Calaor fed four bats living at the Guam Zoo fruit from the trees 和n collected seeds that either passed through their digestive systems or were ejected from their mouths after chewing them. He then planted each to compare germination. After a month, he found that “ejecta” seeds had greater germination rates than those found in the 蝙蝠的粪便。

 Ejecta seeds are typically left behind near the parent tree, while seeds from the bat’s droppings end up further away — which is more beneficial since it helps ensure 生长在其他地方。

across longer distances, Calaor said, which reaffirms the bats’ important role and supports the need to restore and better protect them 和ir habitats.

Daniel P. Lindstrom, an associate professor of biology and Calaor’s academic advisor, 也出席了会议。

Calaor kayaking
Calaor takes a kayaking tour through remote islands in Phuket, Thailand.

“It was a moving experience for me because we only have 50 bats, and seeing them is 确实少见,“我说。

The biggest takeaway from the conference for Calaor was realizing Guam isn’t alone 在它的斗争。

“There are a lot of people who put their time, money, and efforts into researching endangered species to try to bring back their populations,” he said. “That was special for me to see because there are people out there to lean to for advice, tap into their experience, and learn their methodologies to make the research better.”

Calaor’s travel to the conference and research work were supported by the 研究 Corporation of the bt365体育College of Natural & Applied Sciences.