Scientists & Staff
- Forest Service Scientists Receive Grant Funding for White-nose Syndrome ResearchSeptember 29, 2015
- U.S. Forest Service Research Team Releases Bats Treated for WNSMay 20, 2015
- New Funding Supports Search for Solutions to White-Nose SyndromeAugust 6, 2014
- Forest Service Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species that Help Explain Mysteries of White Nose SyndromeJuly 25, 2013
- More Accurate, Sensitive DNA Test Allows Early Identification of the Fungus Causing White Nose SyndromeMarch 13, 2013
Featured Publications & Products
- Amelon, Sybill K.; Dalton, David C.; Millspaugh, Joshua J.; Wolf, Sandy A. 2009. Radiotelemetry; techniques and analysis. In: Kunz, Thomas H.; Parsons, Stuart, eds. Ecological and behavioral methods for the study of bats. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press: 57-77.
- Trujillo, Robert G.; Amelon, Sybill K. 2009. Development of microsatellite markers in Myotis sodalis and cross-species amplification in M. gricescens, M. leibii, M. lucifugus, and M. septentrionalis. Conservation Genetics. 10: 1965-1968.
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- Womack-Bulliner, Kathryn M.; Amelon, Sybill K.; Thompson, Frank R.; Lebrun, Jaymi J. 2019. Performance of Hierarchical Abundance Models on Simulated Bat Capture Data. Acta Chiropterologica
- Hooper, S. E.; Backus, R.; Amelon, S. 2018. Effects of dietary selenium and moisture on the physical activity and thyroid axis of cats. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
- Amelon, Sybill K.; Hooper, Sarah E.; Womack, Kathryn M. 2017. Bat wing biometrics: using collagen-elastin bundles in bat wings as a unique individual identifier. Journal of Mammalogy
- Pikula, Jiri; Amelon, Sybill K.; Bandouchova, Hana; Bartonička, Tomáš; Berkova, Hana; Brichta, Jiri; Hooper, Sarah; Kokurewicz, Tomasz; Kolarik, Miroslav; Köllner, Bernd; Kovacova, Veronika; Linhart, Petr; Piacek, Vladimir; Turner, Gregory G.; Zukal, Jan; Martínková, Natália; Swartz, Sharon. 2017. White-nose syndrome pathology grading in Nearctic and Palearctic bats. PLOS ONE
- Ingersoll, Thomas E.; Sewall, Brent J.; Amelon, Sybill K. 2016. Effects of white-nose syndrome on regional population patterns of 3 hibernating bat species. Conservation Biology
- Vonhof, Maarten J.; Amelon, Sybill K.; Currie, Robert R.; McCracken, Gary F. 2016. Genetic structure of winter populations of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) prior to the white nose syndrome epidemic: implications for the risk of disease spread. Conservation Genetics. 17(5): 1025-1040.
- Starbuck, Clarissa A.; Amelon, Sybill K.; Thompson, Frank R. III. 2015. Relationships between bat occupancy and habitat and landscape structure along a savanna, woodland, forest gradient in the Missouri Ozarks. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 39(1): 20-30.
- Amelon, Sybill K.; Thompson, Frank R. III; Millspaugh, Joshua J. 2014. Resource utilization by foraging eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis) in the Ozark Region of Missouri. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 78(3): 483-493.
- Ingersoll, Thomas E.; Sewall, Brent J.; Amelon, Sybill K. 2013. Improved analysis of long-term monitoring data demonstrates marked regional declines of bat populations in the eastern United States. PLoS ONE. 8(6): e65907.
- Womack, Kathryn M.; Amelon, Sybill K.; Thompson, Frank R. 2013. Resource selection by Indiana bats during the maternity season. Journal of Wildlife Management. 77(4): 707-715.
- Womack, Kathryn M.; Amelon, Sybill K.; Thompson, Frank R. 2013. Summer Home Range Size of Female Indiana Bats (Myotis Sodalis) in Missouri, USA. Acta Chiropterologica. 15(2): 423-429.
- Amelon, Sybill; Brooks, Robert T.; Glaeser, Jessie; Friggens, Megan; Lindner, Daniel; Loeb, Susan C.; Lynch, Ann; Minnis, Drew; Perry, Roger; Rowland, Mary M.; Tomosy, Monica; Weller, Ted. 2012. U.S. Forest Service Research and Development (USFS R/D) national science strategy on White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development. 18 p.
National Research Highlights
White-nose syndrome (WNS) has decimated hibernating bat populations in North America, but species in Europe appear to cope better with fungal skin infections that result in white-nose syndrome. A Forest Service scientist collaborated with scientists in the Czech Republic to develop a nonlethal method of comparing WNS infection in North American and European bats.
The ability to recognize individuals within an animal population is fundamental to conservation and management. Identifying individual bats is uniquely challenging for the scientists studying them. A Forest Service scientist and her partners demonstrated that bats’ wings have great potential as a means of recognizing individual bats.