Laura Johnson

I am conducting my M.Sc. research under the supervision of Dr. Hugh BrodersLaura and Dr. Tim Frasier. My research focuses on determining the connectivity between summering and swarming sites of the Northern Long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) across Maritime Canada using molecular techniques. To understand site connectivity I aim to determine population genetic structuring using nuclear genotyping with microsatellites. The Northern Long-eared bat, as well as many other bat species, have recently been listed as endangered as a result of the pathogen Geomyces destructans. Understanding site connectivity and population structuring may allow furtherer understanding on the spread of this pathogen. Therefore with this research I hope to assist with the development of management and conservation strategies for temperate bat species across North America.