Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources


Kristen Lear

Education Background

B.A. Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University


Research Focus

The ecosystem services of bats in agricultural landscapes, with a particular interest in transboundary conservation issues


Project Overview

My general interest is in bat ecology. More specifically, I am interested in studying how bats provide vital ecosystem services (such as pest control and pollination) in agricultural landscapes and how farmers can incorporate bats into their management strategies. Recently I have become interested in migratory bats and transboundary conservation issues. For example, how can we manage and conserve bats in neighboring countries so that farmers on both sides of the border benefit from the ecosystem services provided by bats? I plan to conduct my research in the US-Mexico border region.





Additional Information

I am also part of the Integrated Conservation PhD program (ICON). I have fuding thorugh The Graduate School at UGA and through a NSF Fellowship.