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Matina C. Kalcounis-Rüppell

My teaching and research interests include the behavior and ecology of wild mammals, especially bats and rodents and their use of ultrasound. I have taught classes in vertebrate zoology and ecology. I am a past chair of the North American Society for Bat Research. I give regular presentations to the public about wildlife conservation, including a popular Halloween season program on bats.

There are 29 included publications by Matina C. Kalcounis-Rüppell :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Axle grease as an alternative adhesive for use on sticky traps. 1992 546 One of the more frequently used methods of sampling flying insects is the sticky trap. These traps are often used to evaluate the type and size of prey available for aerial insec-tivores, such as bats and birds (e.g. Barclay 1991; Brigham 1992). Non-...
Bat Activity in the Boreal Forest: Importance of Stand Type and Vertical Strata 1999 1128 We examined habitat use by bats in the boreal forest of central Saskatchewan during summer 1995 by monitoring echolocation calls across forest types and through the canopy of mature forest. We sampled bat activity in mature aspen (Populus tremul...
Bats and the loss of tree canopy in African woodland. 1998 567 We studied the activity patterns, abundance, diversity, and diets of bats, along with the abundance of nocturnal volant insects, at 30 sites in Miombo woodland in northern Zimbabwe. The woodland at 50% of the sites had been disturbed by high elephant...
Beating the odds: weather effects on a short season population of mice. 2002 385 We examined 11 years of data on reproductive success, survival, and population dynamics of two popula-tions (Fortress and Grizzly) of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) in the Kananaskis Valley, Alberta, to investigate the extent to which the dynamic...
Book Review: Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach. Edited by J. R. KREBS& N. B. DAVIES. 4th edn. Oxford: Blackwell (1997). Pp. viii+456. Price $85.95 (CDN). 1998 475 For the past 20 years, J. R. Krebs and N. B. Davies have been synonymous with introductory books on behavioural ecology. In their fourth edition of Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach, they incorporate similar topics from previous editions ...
Book Review: Kunz, T. H. & Fenton, M. B. 2003: Bat Ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 779 pp., $55 (cloth bound). ISBN 0-226-46206-4. 2004 570 A broad review of bat ecology is timely because of advances over the past two decades in the technical approaches to the study of bats in an ecological and evolutionary framework. These advances include, but are not limited to, a range of ultrasonic ...
Can External Radiotransmitters be used to Assess Body Temperature and Torpor in Bats? 1996 508 We tested externally applied, temperature-sensitive, radiotransmitters for determining the body temperature of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in various ambient temperatures (2- 260C). There was a slight, but significant, effect of ambien...
Differences in Ultrasonic Vocalizations between Wild and Laboratory California Mice (Peromyscus californicus) 2010 191 Background: Ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) emitted by muroid rodents, including laboratory mice and rats, are used as phenotypic markers in behavioral assays and biomedical research. Interpretation of these USVs depends on understanding the signific...
Effect of fluorescent powder marking of females on mate choice by male white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). 2001 433 Although fluorescent powder marking is a well established and common marking technique used by small-mammal ecologists, few studies have commented on how it might affect behavior. Potential effects on behavior are particularly relevant in studies tha...
Effect of Removal of Woody Biomass after Clearcutting and Intercropping Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) with Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) on Rodent Diversity and Populations 2012 8 Plant-based feedstocks have long been considered viable, potential sources for biofuels. However, concerns regarding production effects may outweigh gains like carbon savings. Additional information is needed to understand environmental effects of gr...
Effects of wastewater treatment plant effluent on bat foraging ecology in an urban stream system. 2007 1880 Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent in the Cape Fear River Basin headwaters in North Carolina, USA, has influenced stream water quality and aquatic components of the stream food web. To examine effects of WWTP effluent on terrestrial predators...
Elephants, woodlands and biodiversity in southern Africa. 1997 4730 When elephant densities exceed approximately 0.5 per km[2], savanna woodlands are generally converted to shrub-lands or grasslands. The impact of such elephant-mediated habitat change on biodiversity in African game reserves has seldom been measured....
A genetic analysis of group movement in an isolated population of tree-roosting bats 2008 232 Group fission is an important dispersal mechanism for philopatric adults. In Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Saskatchewan, tree-roosting big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) exhibit fission–fusion roosting behaviour. During 2004–2007, the majority o...
Genetic relationships of roost-mates in a fission-fusion society of tree-roosting big brown bats. 2007 478 Abstract: Kin-based patterns of associations are often observed in group living mammals. Colonies of forest-living big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) exhibit fission–fusion roosting behavior and female philopatry. Within a roosting area of forest, ad...
Impact of predation risk on emergence by little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae), from a maternity colony. 1994 551 When bats emerge from their roosts in the evening to forage and drink, it appears as though their departure involves brief periods when many individuals emerge interspersed with periods during which few individuals emerge. Clustering is seen in many ...
Intercropping Switchgrass with Loblolly Pine Does Not Influence the Functional Role of the White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) 2013 21 Intercropping biofuel feedstocks in managed forests of the southeastern United States is a potentially sustainable source of renewable energy. Ecological effects of energy crops in forests are poorly understood, and it is unknown whether the ecologic...
Intraspecific Variation in Roost-site Selection by Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) 1996 336 Although many species of bats select roost sites in large trees that are in open areas, intraspecific variation in roost-site selection may exist. We collected data on the roosting behaviour of little brown bats in the Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan,...
Intraspecific variation in wing loading affects habitat use by little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). 1995 859 Morphological constraints have been linked to habitat partitioning by different species of animals. Interspecific differences have been explored, but less is known about the relationship between individuals of the same species. The purpose of this st...
Lavia frons 1999 450 Lavia frons (Fig. 1) is distinguished from all other African bats except Cardioderma cor in having a large, erect noseleaf, a divided tragus, and large ears that are basally united across the top of the head. Lavia frons diffe...
Medium-and long-term reuse of trembling aspen cavities as roosts by big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) 2003 304 Roost availability may limit some bat populations, implying that there may be a selective advantage associated with the ability to reuse sites on an annual basis. We monitored aspen tree use by Eptesicus fuscus during multi-year studies (spann...
Myotis septentrionalis Trouessart (Northern Long-eared Bat) Records from the Coastal Plain of North Carolina 2009 949 Myotis septentrionalis (Northern Long-eared Bat) is a small, insectivorous bat found in the eastern United States and Canada. Along the east coast, its range is thought to extend as far south as the Great Dismal Swamp in coastal Virginia. We...
Partitioning Of Space, Food, and Time by Syntopic Peromyscus Boylii and P. Californicus 2002 663 We used trap associations, nest-site preferences, a food selection experiment, and measurements of nightly activity to describe resource partitioning by syntopic Peromyscus californicus and P. boylii in Monterey County, California.
Peromyscus boylii (Rodentia: Cricetidae) 2009 890 Peromyscus boylii (Baird, 1855), the brush deermouse, is a common cricetid rodent in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is a member of the Peromyscus boylii species group and has had a complicated taxonomic history because ...
Predation of free-ranging Common Poorwills in Saskatchewan. 1995 377 Although losses of Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) nests to predators are common, little is known about predation on adults. Remains of three adults, radio-tagged in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, were found. The transmitter ...
Production of ultrasonic vocalizations by Peromyscus mice in the wild. 2006 641 Background: There has been considerable research on rodent ultrasound in the laboratory and these sounds have been well quantified and characterized. Despite the value of research on ultrasound produced by mice in the lab, it is unclear if, and whe...
Relationships of Basal Metabolism and Life History Attributes in Neotomine-Peromyscine Rodents (Cricetidae: Neotominae). 2007 552 With the exception of a positive relationship between energy expenditure and number of offspring per litter, few links have been made between energy expenditure and life history attributes in mammals. The purpose of this study was to examine relation...
Secondary Use of Aspen Cavities by Tree-Roosting Big Brown Bats 1998 687 To further explore natural roost-site selection by temperate bats, we examined the use of tree roost sites by big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in the West Block of Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, an area where the number of hum...
Similar Acoustic Structure and Behavioural Context of Vocalizations Produced by Male and Female California Mice in the Wild 2011 18 Ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) are an important part of multimodal communication in mice; however, nothing is known about the behavioural context of USV production by individual mice in the wild. Using remote-sensing methods we recorded USVs from ind...
Tree roost selection by bats: an empirical synthesis using meta-analysis. 2005 341 Over the past 2 decades, we have begun to accumulate a basic understanding of the roosting and foraging ecology of temperate insectivorous bats in forests. As our understanding improves, it is not surprising there should be attempts at synthesizing o...