Dave Johnston will discuss zoonotic diseases and the relationship between bats and coronaviruses, the race to discover the true origin of SARS-CoV2, how viruses quickly evolve while jumping from one animal group to another, why scientists do not believe that SARS-CoV2 came directly from a bat, and why bat researchers around the world are told not to handle bats during the pandemic. Dave will conclude with a summary of how he is moving forward with his bat projects during these challenging times.
This event is part of SFBBO’s annual California Fall Challenge (CFC) fundraiser. Minimum $20 donation to register, $60 minimum registration to also receive our 2020 CFC T-Shirt. The value of the t-shirt ($10) is not tax deductible. The shirt design will be unveiled after September 28th.
Dave Johnston is a renowned wildlife ecologist and authority on bats and other small mammals of the western U.S. and Hawaii. He has conducted bat research and led bat-related projects for more than 30 years. Dave’s work includes evaluating habitat, assessing potential impacts, and proposing mitigation for bats and dozens of species in California, Hawaii, Southwestern states, and abroad. He also studies long-term post-construction impacts on birds and bats at solar and wind energy facilities, and modeling fatalities, conducts large-scale bat acoustic surveys using zero-crossing technology and full-spectrum recording equipment for bats and birds, and serves as the senior author of California Mammal Guidelines for the California Bat Mitigation Guidelines for the California Department of Transportation.