Congratulations to Jaclyn Aliperti!
Congratulations to Jaclyn Aliperti who won the Lubee Bat Conservation Award award for her oral presentation at the North American Society for Bat Research annual meeting in Monterey, California. This was Jackie's first scientific presentation, and included partial results from her work on bat/cactus interactions in Baja California, showing that the predatory Pallid bat eats fruit of cardon cacti during the summer. This work follows on work by her collaborator, Winifred Frick (UC Santa Cruz) who has studied both Pallid bats and the Mexican long-nosed bat and their relative roles in pollinating this cactus. Of note, Jackie's work documents the first known example of frugivory among bats in the temperate New World!