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RU students attend wildlife conferences
Twelve biology majors and one geospatial science major from the student chapter of The Wildlife Society at Radford University attended the annual conference of the state chapter of The Wildlife Society in Blacksburg, VA. Two students presented their research in the form of a poster. Senior Cameron Comer took home the runner-up prize for the best undergraduate student poster.
This was a great opportunity for students to learn about current issues in wildlife management in the Commonwealth and in the region. Students also were paired up for a student-mentor breakfast, which gave them one-on-one time to learn about the jobs of state, federal, and non-governmental careers in wildlife. Feedback from the professional biologists at the meeting was very positive towards RU students – as always, they represented the university well!
Attendees included: Heather Custer, Cameron Comer, Justin Bentley, Cotey Bentley, Nicole Jones, Ruth Boylan, Carley Shears, Makayla Beckner, Monika Mattson, Miriam Minich, Kristy Clark, Nick Succop (not pictured), and RUTWS faculty mentor Dr. Karen Powers.
Students Heather Custer and Cameron Comer presented posters at the Virginia TWS annual meeting, and also attended/presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) in Asheville, NC. They are pictured here with their research posters at the SBDN conference.
Heather Custer: Assessing summer bat activity using acoustic surveys at Radford Army Ammunition Plant - New River Unit, Virginia, in 2016
Cameron Comer: Continued monitoring of Gray Bats (Myotis grisescens) in Virginia: Juvenile recruitment, age identification accuracy, & mite loads in 2016