WCS 3-Sentence Science

April 8, 2019

Photo credit: Nate Fuller

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

Here we present Sarah Olson’s recent work on bat hibernation:

  1. Many species use stored energy to hibernate through periods of resource limitation.
  2. Previously, researchers have relied on a single study that looked at ground squirrels to measure the energy costs of heating and cooling during hibernation, which is critical to winter survival and reproduction.
  3. Researchers have developed a new model that allows for the generalization of energetic costs for multiple species using physiological and other characteristics.

Study and Journal: “Bats are not squirrels: Revisiting the cost of cooling in hibernating mammals” from Journal of Thermal Biology
WCS Co-Author(s): Sarah Olson , WCS Americas Program

For more information, contact: Stephen Sautner, 718–220–3682, ssautner@wcs.org.

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