Mike St Germain

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Despite the bird in his hand in the previous photo, Mike St Germain actually works on bats. Both start with the letter “B”, and both animals have wings, which has probably caused this confusion. Judging from the look on his face, he doesn't seem to care.

Mike uses acoustic bat detectors (Anabat devices) arrayed across a landscape at Ft Pickett Military Installation in central Virginia. This device transcribes bat calls into a visible sonogram, which provides a unique and specific means of species identification. Translation: He listens for bats and writes down where and how often he hears them. Why this matters: It's really hard to count bats at night. Because it's usually dark.

Mike pursues this in order to create detection histories from presence/absence surveys, which he combines with occupancy modelling to predict bat species occurrences. This is especially important for the conservation of one of his focal species, the endangered Indiana bat.

Mike's work on a Master's degree dovetails nicely with Dr Kelly's as they both use remote monitoring techniques coupled with population modelling.

Click here for things Mike has written about himself, hopefully with more prudence than this author.

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