Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Richard Carter

Committee Members

Andrew Joyner, Gerardo Arceo-Gomez


There are limited studies on bat activity in higher elevations in the Appalachian region. Levels of bat activity were compared in south central Appalachia at low (< 914.4 m) and high (> 1, 524 m) elevations in open, forest edge, and riparian habitats. Additionally, habitat suitability was modeled for a common species, big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). The study started May 27th 2019, and sites were monitored biweekly until October 2nd 2019. Six species and one genus were recorded during the study. Species from the Myotis genus were grouped together because of similar call characteristics. Results show that species were significantly more active in the lower elevations (F= 44.22, p

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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