Bowdoin Senior Studies Bat Die-Off in Maine

Adam Eichenwald ’14Since 2007, when scientists began reporting a massive die-off of hibernating bats in Northeastern United States, biologists have been scrambling to understand the epidemic and to stop it before it wipes out entire bat species. In just a few years, a body of knowledge has formed around the disease, although the exact cause and cure are still not known.

A lover of bats since he was a child, Adam Eichenwald ’14 is using his final year at Bowdoin to investigate some of the puzzles surrounding the disease, which is known as white-nose syndrome for the white Geomyces destructans fungus found on the muzzles and wings of stricken bats. Read the full story.

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