Lynne Burns

LBurnsI am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University working under the supervision of Dr. Hugh Broders at Saint Mary’s University (see my person website here).  My PhD research seeks to understand the movement dynamics and population structure of bats that are year-round residents of temperate areas.  I am using a combination of ecological tools to explore the movements of Myotis bats during the autumn swarming season at sites in Maritime Canada.  My study species are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis).  My research includes a mark-recapture study using passively integrated transponders (PIT-tags) to directly track bat movements among sites.  I am also using a variety of molecular techniques to describe population genetic structure in the region and to understand the relationships of groups of bats arriving together at these sites.