Rochelle Kelly

Joined: Feb 01, 2013 Last Active: Aug 19, 2014

I am Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am broadly interested in behavioral and functional ecology, biogeography, and conservation. As an undergraduate, I completed an honor’s thesis using acoustic monitoring techniques to investigate the activity of bats in vineyards. Bats are an incredibly diverse group of mammals, and yet many aspects of their ecology remain poorly understood.

Habitat loss & fragmentation represent some of the greatest contemporary threats to global biodiversity. How animals move across fragmented landscapes influences gene flow, population dynamics, and extinction risk. While most consider bats to be highly mobile across fragmented landscapes, recent work suggests that some species may be sensitive to isolation and fragmentation at relatively small scales. Several studies on birds, insects, and bats suggest that ecological traits, such as diet, habitat specialization, and sociality may influence dispersal among highly mobile organisms in both natural & fragmented landscapes. I am interested in studying how these traits influence genetic isolation & movement of bats in naturally fragmented landscapes.

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