John R. Winkelmann
Campus Box 0392
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
(717) 337 -
BS University of Illinois, Urbana,
MS University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
Bat diversity, ecology and foraging behavior. The ecology of seed dispersal and pollination by bats.
My research focuses on bat ecology and foraging behavior, and on the role of bats in plant seed dispersal and pollination. These studies have taken me to Latin America, Papua New Guinea and South Africa. Recently I completed a study of the dispersal of fig seeds by epauletted fruit bats in Kruger National Park, South Africa. My students and I used radio-telemetry to document the foraging patterns and feeding behavior of the bats and showed that fig seeds are deposited in optimal habitats as far as fourteen kilometers from the parent trees. In 2009 we began an acoustic survey of insectivorous bats in Kruger National Park using ultrasonic detectors to record foraging calls in both wet and dry habitats. Eleven students have participated in these recent studies, and all completed Individual Research projects (Biology 460's) based on their work in South Africa.