Millersville University Applied Conservation Lab in The National News

The articles below mention the endangered species research completed by the Millersville University Applied Conservation Lab.  Coverage of this research has gone national.,-study-finds.php


African Wildlife

I had the great pleasure of taking a faculty training trip to Kenya with Millersville University Global Studies.  Below is a link to a video showing the wildlife highlights. The goal of this trip was to prepare faculty members to become global citizens, bring international experiences to the classroom and prepare faculty to lead international expeditions.  I learned a lot and will definitely be expanding on my experiences with students.

Wild Africa & Millersville University


The Millersville Animal Museum collection database is now online. The goal of the Millersville Animal Museum Database is to provide a catalog of all vertebrate (i.e., bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian) specimens found within the Millersville Animal Museum collection.  I want to acknowledge the following undergraduate students for making this webpage possible: Gabrielle Berry, Austin Harrison and especially Rochelle Jones and Kyle Thomas for developing the code for this webpage.  I also want to thank William Gausmann from the Millersville IT department for making this site live.  The database is still a work in progress, thus some miss-spellings are found.  We are currently working on this.  Please click on the link below to search through the Millersville Animal Museum Database.


Citizen Science & Rare Bats

Because of significant declines in bat populations throughout the country, it is important to ensure that remaining populations have healthy habitats to support their continued survival.  With financial support from a Community Engagement Grant, funded by the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change,  Millersville biology student Carter Farmer has been working with local citizen scientists to survey for bat species on Lancaster County Conservancy Preserves.

In this project, citizen science volunteers help monitor bat species using auditory detection equipment.  The purpose of this project is to develop and refine an active bat survey protocol for citizen scientists.  Ultimately, citizen science efforts can potentially help in identifying important bat sites and save biologists’ and agencies’ time and money, thus (hopefully) aiding in the conservation of these critical species.

Citizen science survey efforts have led to the identification of rare bat species on Lancaster County Conservancy Preserves, such as the Little Brown Bat and Tricolored bat.


New Publication from the Applied Conservation Lab

Millersville Biology Alumni Delaney Costante, Alex Sandercock and Kayli Thomas recently had their undergraduate research published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice, a scientific journal from the Society of Conservation Biology.  This  journal publishes papers that expand conservation knowledge ranging from practical experience to advances in theory, and places special emphasis on studies that connect findings to conservation outcomes to address which strategies work as well as which strategies fail.

Their paper was entitled ‘Temporal analysis of threats causing species endangerment in the United States’.  The paper looks at how threats causing species to become endangered have changed over time, and which strategies to address these threats are working and which are not.   Please click on the link below to access their paper.


Auditory Bat Surveys At PA Parks

The Millersville Applied Conservation Lab has deployed temporary acoustic bat monitoring units along the Kittatinny Ridge of Pa. for Cowans Gap State Park, Swatara State Park, Big Boyd Tree Preserve Conservation Area, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Lehigh Gap Nature Center and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Below are pictures showing set up of survey devices, by Environmental Biology Student Nicole Notarianni, and habitat types surveyed for rare bats.

All audio files recorded from passive units for each survey night was analyzed using the SonoBat version 4 software. A total of 10,123 bat calls were recorded with a total of 7 species identified using the Sonobat program.  Identified bat species include Big Brown, Red, Hoary, Silver-haired, Tri-colored, Little Brown and Indiana bats.

Millersville University Hosts Wildlife Field Day Event

On Saturday September 22nd, Millersville hosted the 2nd Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society Wildlife Training Field Day Event.  Approximately 100 students and wildlife professionals from around the state including IUP, Penn State, Penn State – DuBois, Keystone College, York College, PA Game Commission, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, Normandeau Associates Environmental Consultants, and others attended this event.  We had 15 Millersville Students participate in this event.  Details of the event can be found on this link: .

Conservation Happenings at Millersville University

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