University of Florida graduate student Kelly Speer discusses her research using DNA differences to learn about bat populations in the Caribbean, and how climate and sea level changes affect population dispersal and movements.

Assessing the movement of bats will also inform us about the movements of other animals because if bats have a difficulty with a barrier, than less-mobile animals will have a harder time with it. They are also indicators of the affects of climate in an area because they are susceptible to minor changes quickly.

This video is part of the University of Florida’s Explore Research program. Video produced by Nicolus Hartley.

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