Abstract

I will be presenting my findings on a global scale analysis on an ecogeographical rule called Bergmann's rule for all extant bats. Bergamann's rule involves the correlation between body size and latitudinal location of the species. The significance of understanding body size evolution is that it explains and influences an animal's life history. Understanding body size evolutionary trends impacts our ability to predict and protect biological diversity on a global scale. Studies of body size evolution and population structure are often critical components of endangered species conservation and management plans.

We have constructed our own phylogenetic tree to assess body size data collected over 4 months, and statistically analyzed the data to represent the correlations seen for Bergamnn's rule in bats. This is not know to have been done before for a global analysis of bats.

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Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Matthew Reudink and Sean Mahoney

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A Global Scale Analysis of Bergmanns Rule for All Extant Bat Species

I will be presenting my findings on a global scale analysis on an ecogeographical rule called Bergmann's rule for all extant bats. Bergamann's rule involves the correlation between body size and latitudinal location of the species. The significance of understanding body size evolution is that it explains and influences an animal's life history. Understanding body size evolutionary trends impacts our ability to predict and protect biological diversity on a global scale. Studies of body size evolution and population structure are often critical components of endangered species conservation and management plans.

We have constructed our own phylogenetic tree to assess body size data collected over 4 months, and statistically analyzed the data to represent the correlations seen for Bergamnn's rule in bats. This is not know to have been done before for a global analysis of bats.

 

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