DSU Bat Lab

The DSU Bat Laboratory

Kevina Vulinec, Ph.D.

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Kevina Vulinec

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Our research focuses on biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem function, especially as will be impacted by anthropogenic change. Our lab, while currently concentrating on bats, has worked on the conservation and ecosystem roles of numerous fauna in the US and Neotropics, including primates, dung beetles, butterflies, songbirds, feral horses, and horseshoe crabs. My interests encompass seed-dispersal communities in the tropics, the role of predators, the value of secondary forests, and reforestation using natural dispersal agents. We are currently working on projects ranging from seed dispersal by wildlife, habitat use by bats, and the effect of fragmentation and sea-level rise, predation on insects, biodiversity studies in Honduras, and the mitigation of bat mortality by wind turbines.

Some specific current projects include:

  • Habitat change and fragmentation effects on bat activity in Neotropical rainforests
  • Bat conservation and biodiversity in tropical landscapes
  • Mitigation of bat mortality from wind turbines
  • Sea-level rise in coastal habitats and the effect on wildlife
  • Golf courses as conservation foci for bats
  • The impact of bats on insect populations

Lab Members

Graduate Students:

Kimmi Swift

Megan Wallrichs

Undergraduate Students:

Katie Bielicki

Chelsea Morton

Egon Vilela*

Diogo Coimbra*

* Denotes interns from the Institute of International Educational Brazil Scientific Mobility Program Academic Training

Publications (Newest – Oldest)

* Denote student author

Swartz, M. T., B. Ferster, K. Vulinec, and G. Paulson. 2015. Measuring regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia) habitat requirements in south-central Pennsylvania: implications for the conservation of an imperiled butterfly. Northeastern Naturalist 22: 812-829.

*López-Baucells, A., *R. Rocha, *I. Mayés, K. Vulinec, P. E. Bobrowiec, and C. F. J. Meyer. 2013. First record of Micronycteris sanborni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Central Amazonia, Brazil: range expansion and description of echolocation. Mammalia: DOI 10.1515/mammalia-2013-0006.

Nichols, E., M. Uriarte, D. E. Bunker, J. N. C. Louzada, T. Larsen. F. Vaz de Mello, K. Vulinec, M. Favila, E. Slade, S. H. Spector. 2013. Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local and regional scales. Ecology 94: 180-189.

*Wolcott, K. A. and K. Vulinec. 2012. Bat activity at woodland/farmland interfaces in central Delaware. Northeastern Naturalist 19: 87-98.

*Massé, R. J. and K. Vulinec. 2010. Possible impact of multiflora rose on breeding bird diversity in riparian forest fragments of central Delaware. Northeastern Naturalist 17: 647-658.

Ferster, B. and K. Vulinec. 2010. Population size and conservation of the last remnants of the Eastern Regal Fritillary, Speyeria idalia idalia (Drury) [Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae]: implications for temperate grassland restoration. Journal of Insect Conservation 14: 31-42.

CIBER-affiliated Publications:

Vulinec, K., *K. Swift, V. Balke, *L. Sweitzer, B. Sturgis, D. Powell. In press. Buckyballs and bats: Trace evidence points to trophic interactions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Dr. Kevina Vulinec

Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Delaware State University, Dover, DE 19901

Phone: 302-857-6457

Email: kvulinec@desu.edu

College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology


Beautiful Vampyrodes caraccioli bat in Honduras
Wind turbines, a source of green energy, unfortunately also kill more that 800,000 bats per year. We are working to find technologies to mitigate this devastation (photo K. Swift).
SEM colorized photo of White-nose syndrome fungus hyphae (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that is devastating bat populations