Timothy Carter, assistant professor of biology, is devoting his professional career to studying Indiana bats’ activity patterns, preferred habitats, and roosting habits. The endangered Indiana bat has experienced a steady decline in population for no known reason, and Carter is on a mission to determine the causes behind this decline.
Named for the state where they were discovered, Indiana bats actually make their habitat from Iowa and Vermont in the north to Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina in the south. Carter has been researching Indiana bats for more than 10 years, primarily in Illinois.
Funding for Carter’s research has come primarily from two federal sources. The Army Corps of Engineers has supported Carter’s research to help determine whether military testing disrupts the lives of the Indiana bats inhabiting trees on its property. Carter discovered that the military training activities do not seem to disturb the bats. The bats naturally stay away from humans—and the areas where the training takes place, which is good news for the Army and the bats.
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