Costa Rican bats & batflies – Undergraduate Student Researcher

Monteverde Institute
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Sturnira ludovici, Monteverde, Costa Rica

As part of a tropical ecology-focused study abroad program,

  • Designed and conducted an independent field research project, “Cospeciation of parasitic streblid batflies and their microchiropteran hosts.”
  • Mist-netted, identified, marked, and removed ectoparasites from bats. Collected, preserved, and identified batflies.
  • Used microscopic morphological characters to generate a phylogeny of batflies and compared it to the bat host phylogeny. High elevation bat species and their batflies have similar phylogenetic structure, and may have cospeciated in relative isolation.
Strebla hertigi, Monteverde, Costa Rica