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Donating Bat Tissue and Hair Samples for Genomic and Stable Isotope Studies


Advances in laboratory and analytical techniques now allow researchers to use genetic and stable isotope data to investigate a wide range of topics including amounts of genetic diversity, geographic structure of populations, species limits and relationships, migratory habits, and population sizes and their changes over time. Currently, researchers are studying the effects of wind farm kills using genetic data to study population dynamics and stable isotope studies to investigate migratory patterns of affected bat species. Similar genetic data is being used to assess the possible impacts of White Nose Syndrome on affected bat populations. Other scientists are working on studies of endangered species or other genetic or stable isotope projects that also require samples from different geographic areas.

Taxa of interest

We are presently accepting specimens of all North American bats including samples from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. In addition to rare and endangered species (e.g., Myotis sodalis, plecotines, Caribbean island bats), we are particularly interested in migratory bats (e.g., Lasiurus borealis, Lasiurus blossevillii, Lasiurus cinereus, Lasionycteris noctivagans, Tadarida brasiliensis) because these taxa appear to be most at risk due to wind power. We are also soliciting samples of several bat species to contribute to ongoing studies of the impact of White Nose Syndrome (e.g., Myotis lucifugus, Myotis sodalis, Myotis leibii, and Eptesicus fuscus). However, all species will be accepted.

Donating Specimens

The procedures for donating samples are relatively simple and AMNH will pay shipping charges associated with accepted donations. Please see the conditions for donation of samples page for more information.

If you need information on how to collect wing punches and/or hair samples from bats you are capturing for other research projects, information can be found on the wing punch and hair sampling protocols page.