You may have heard of the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome, but what exactly is white-nose syndrome, and how and when did it arrive in the United States? What is the current status of the disease’s spread? Well, we have the answers you are looking for.
Research Associatemelissa.firstname.lastname@example.org (979) 862-7805 Curriculum Vitae
Melissa Meierhofer joined the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in 2015 as a research associate. Her research is focused on understanding the susceptibility of winter-roosting bats to white-nose syndrome, a cold-adapted fungus that has caused the deaths of millions of hibernating bats. She leads the bat research team in studying bat winter activity, composition, abundance and environmental conditions within hibernacula across Texas.
Prior to joining the institute, Melissa volunteered her time in the mammal and bird divisions at the Field Museum of Natural History.
She completed her Master of Science under the direction of Dr. DeeAnn Reeder at Bucknell University in 2013. Her thesis work focused on little brown bats and understanding the physiological consequences of white-nose syndrome. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychobiology and studio art from Ripon College in 2011 where she studied parental care of Eastern bluebirds.
Outside the office, Melissa enjoys painting and art, watching films and reading.