MacArthur Curator of mammals Bruce Patterson and research associate Paul Webala (Moi University, Kenya) are working together to get a better understanding of Kenya's bat diversity. As part of their study they are recording bat calls, gathering fecal samples and collecting tissues to do genetic studies.
Back at the Field Museum Paul is helping out with the molecular component of the project as he learns new molecular techniques. Being able to learn these DNA analysis tools at the Field Museum complements Paul's background in wildlife biology and opens the opportunity for other Kenyan scientists to learn from him.
Bruce and Paul's research project is only possible with the generous support that enabled them to initiate this collaboration. Special thanks to the Field Museum's Council on Africa, the IDP/FMNH African Training Fund, the Brown Mammal Research Fund, and Bud and Onnolee Trapp.