Conservation Lectures

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Wednesday, October 19
7:00–8:00 p.m.
at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Free and Open to the Public

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr. Christopher T. Cornelison
Microbiologist with Georgia State University

Dr. Christopher T. Cornelison will be speaking on White-nose Syndrome in bats, a fungal disease which has substantially reduced bat populations in North America.
Fungal pathogens are increasing in incidence and severity around the globe. In some cases, fungal diseases are associated with species extinctions threatening plant and animal biodiversity as well as agricultural productivity.

White-nose syndrome in North American bat species serves as an example of the tremendous impact fungal pathogens can have on region biodiversity, wildlife health and agricultural productivity as well as highlight the challenges associated with managing these devastating pathogens.

Parking is in the Heritage Green parking deck, which is free after 5 p.m.  Lecture is on the first floor. Use the side entrance off of Academy Street (not the main entrance).
If possible, pre-register.

About the Speaker

Dr. Christopher T. Cornelison, a microbiologist with Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2013. Chris teaches various courses in microbiology as well as conducts research at Georgia State University.
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Prior to joining Georgia State University, Chris conducted research at the University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic Research Center and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Athens, Georgia. Chris’ work has focused on microbiological process fidelity and biocontrol. Chris’ dissertation work focused on the identification of novel biocontrol systems for management of white-nose syndrome in bats. Chris’ research has now expanded to include additional pathogenic fungi of significance to agricultural productivity and ecosystem health. Chris’ research has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Mycopathologia.