Three Rutgers researchers, assistant professor and extension specialist in wildlife ecology Brooke Maslo, molecular ecologist and assistant professor Malin Pinsky, and epidemiologist and associate professor Nina Fefferman at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, received funding of more than $300,000 dollars from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate strategies to fight White-nose Syndrome, a fungal disease in bats.
“We are thrilled to be among the recipients of federal funding to advance our understanding of White-nose Syndrome, which is threatening U.S. bat populations,” Maslo said.
Maslo, along with fellow Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources faculty members Pinsky and Fefferman, were awarded over $292,000 for the project, “Are bat populations infected with White-nose Syndrome undergoing rapid natural selection?,” which examines the evolutionary potential for bats infected with White-nose Syndrome to tolerate the disease.
The award to the Rutgers scientists is part of a new round of funding worth $2.5 million for research, management and communications projects recently announced by the federal agency in an international and wide-ranging strategy to combat White-nose Syndrome.
Maslo won a second award of more than $21,000 for a demographic analysis of a federally listed bat, in a project titled, “Annual survival of Indiana bats after White-nose Syndrome and its implications for population recovery.” In this project, Maslo will work in partnership with Chris Sanders of Sanders Environmental, Inc., a firm specializing in environmental surveys and solutions for issues that deal with bats and birds. [Read more…]