The Seen and Unseen Benefits of Bats to Humans with Gary McCracken
Locally and globally bats provide enormous benefits to human welfare. Many of these benefits are provided out of view, high in the night sky, and the values of the services that bats provide to humans are largely unappreciated. At the same time, bats face new threats from humans that are putting bats and the benefits they provide at risk. I will talk about the diversity of bats and benefits they provide, focusing on the “unseen” and recently appreciated value of the services that bats provide to humans. The local and global threats of bats will be discussed in the context of what we can do to benefit bats.
One of the world’s leading experts on bats, Gary McCracken is a professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. His research concerns the distribution of animals in space, their behavior and interactions, and resulting impacts on genetic population structure.
Appalachian Evenings are free of charge and all are welcome. The event will be held in the Ramsey Center, which is located inside Renfro Library on the campus of Mars Hill University.
(Image courtesy Nick Hristov)