LEEC and Movement Ecology Group on VII brazilian bat meeting

On May 25, 2015, the students Renata Muylaert (coordinator) and Patricia Rogeri (speaker) participated in the round table “Flying in Neotropical landscapes” along with Prof. Enrico Bernard (UFPE) and Prof. Ciro Libio (UFMA). During the discussion, several aspects of the use of space, mainly by fruit bats were mentioned. Prof. Ciro Libio discussed the choice of scales in the study of biologic responses to landscape using bats as models. Patricia Rogeri introduced the innovative method by which she will collect information about space use by a small fruit-eating bat in fragmented landscapes, and how she will assess inter-individual variations in the response of these bats to the landscape metric. Prof. Enrico Bernard presented the reality of the landscapes of the Brazilian Northeast Atlantic Forest, which has many small fragments amid an array of monoculture of sugarcane, a “not at all homogeneous” matrix. In this landscape, large fruit bats seem to take shelter in a variety of locations, both very close to the edges as in the forest. There is a dependence on forests for foraging. Though, perhaps due to lack of available shelter in the woods, bats seek shelter in urban buildings or isolated trees. It is noteworthy that the current condition of brazilian Northeast landscapes, highly fragmented area, it is not favorable to the presence of minor forest-dwelling bat species.

Jornal Unesp: “Morcegos no limiar do perigo”

O Jornal Unesp, edição de Junho de 2015, divulgou o estudo da pesquisadora Renata Muylaert, do Laboratório de Ecologia Espacial e Conservação – LEEC, sobre limiares da biodiversidade para morcegos! O estudo está sob revisão na Ecological Applications.

Mais informações: http://leec.eco.br/downloads/Jornal_Unesp_Junho2015.pdf

Fonte: Jornal Unesp

Bats are very important in our ecosystems

Did you know that bats are very important in our ecosystems? They help restoring native forests when they feed on many fruit species and perform seed dispersal. They are also impressing on plague control and flower pollination. Motivated by that, Renata Muylaert, LEEC PhD candidate, studied their responses to habitat loss. The biologist concluded that to mantain a high bat diversity in a 2000 ha farm, it is necessary to have at least its half covered by native forest. The research was advisored by Milton Cezar Ribeiro (UNESP) and co-advised by Richard Stevens (Texas Tech University). More information in: https://youtu.be/esayT3p2lLM