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Krysta Demere joined the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in 2016 as a research assistant. Her current research efforts are focused on establishing baseline data for bat populations over-wintering in Texas. By documenting bat winter activity, composition, distribution and the environmental conditions of hibernacula across the state, the bat research team hope to provide insight on how populations of hibernating bats in Texas will respond to Psuedogymnoascus destructans, an invasive fungus that can cause the disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats.
Prior to joining the institute, Krysta worked in California, Wyoming, Arizona and Texas on various state and university research projects that focused on documenting and understanding both the status and natural history of North American bat species.
Krysta completed her Master of Science under the guidance of Dr. Loren K. Ammerman at Angelo State University in 2015. Her thesis work focused on using molecular methodology to document the diet of the American Parastrelle, the smallest bat species in North America. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from Angelo State University in 2013. During her undergraduate career, Krysta investigated local bat populations in west Texas and had her work on Emotion Priming and Reversing Initial Impressions presented at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington D.C.
On and off the job, Krysta enjoys spending time outdoors and takes every opportunity to adventure out with her horse and dog.
Demere, K. D., A. M. Lewis, B. Mayes, R. J. Baker, and L. K. Ammerman. 2012. Noteworthy county records for 14 bat species based on specimens submitted to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 315: 1-14