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Why are Some Bats Species Dying from a Disease?

Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor, holds a bat.
Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor, holds a bat.
Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor, holds a bat.
Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor, holds a bat.

Across North America, including Missouri, bats of certain species are dying in worrisome numbers from a disease called white nose syndrome, a fungal disease. This disease kills the bats while they are in hibernation.

Dr. Tom Tomasi, Missouri State University biology professor and his colleague, Dr. Christopher Lupfer, Missouri State biology assistant professor, are working together to find out why the disease kills some bats and not others. 

Tomasi shares more about the research project.An interview with Dr. Tom Tomasi.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.