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Bat decline: UD grads research white-nose syndrome in bats

Bat decline: UD grads research white-nose syndrome in bats

Erin Adams devotes “99 percent” of her work hours to bats -- in particular, to white-nose syndrome in bats -- as a research assistant in the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. But her interest in these creatures of the night was sparked many years ago. A 2007 graduate of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adams was required, as a wildlife conservation major, to take a course in mammalogy. She quickly discovered that her favorite taxonomic group didn’t win any popularity contests with her fellow classmates. “Everyone loves the cuddly creatures or the big, attractive mammals – the polar bears and the wolves,” says Adams. “Me, I’ve always liked the underdog; I think that’s why I was drawn to bats.”