Though characterization of, and understanding determinants of, social structure in bats is increasing, little is known about how bat social groups respond to disturbance resulting in roost loss. Given that many species of bats roost in ephemeral or transitory resources such as plants, it is clear that bat social groups can tolerate some level of roost loss. Understanding responses of bat social groups to roost loss can provide insight into social structure that have applied conservation use. Herein, we review the existing literature on the effects of disturbance on bat social groups, and present a parameterizable agent-based model that can be used to explore the relationships among roost dynamics, population dynamics, and social behavior.
Additional publication details
|Publication type||Book chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Title||Responses of bat social groups to roost loss: More questions than answers|
|Contributing office(s)||Coop Res Unit Leetown|
|Larger Work Type||Book|
|Larger Work Title||Sociality in bats|