University of Florida graduate student Kelly Speer talks about her interest in studying mammals and population variations by researching bat ectoparasites—flies and other insects that live on bats — to learn about changes in bats, including their dispersal and movements.

Kelly was originally studying small mammals like voles and shrews, but she adjusted her focus of study to bats and their ectoparasites–the flies that live on their fur. Now she studies parasites to answer questions about the dispersal of bats, and the variations among the species.

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


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