Kristina Hammond-Rendon joined WEST in 2013 as a seasonal Biologist permanently in 2014. During the summer Kristina leads field crews for Indiana bat and Northern long-eared bat mist netting and acoustic surveys throughout their range. During the winter she is based in the Cheyenne office managing our inventory of acoustic detectors, acoustic analysis, data management and quality control, and report writing.
Kristina joined us after obtaining her Master of Science degree from Indiana State University. For her Master’s, Kristina modeled landscape-scale Indiana bat roosting habitat in the southern Appalachians and has published a paper on the findings of that research. Also, during her Master’s she studied the thermoregulation patterns of Indiana bats in their maternity colonies and how environmental conditions influence thermoregulation strategies using remote data loggers. Kristina has been working with bats since 2009 throughout the eastern half of the US. Before becoming interested in bats she worked with a variety of other species including sea turtles in Georgia, blood analyses of Polar bears in Alaska, and assisted in river otter surveys in the Rockies. Kristina enjoys outreach and was a hunter education instructor for Vermont at their Vermont Conservation Camps for several years, and in Wyoming through the Wildlife Society while attending the University of Wyoming. Kristina is a member of several professional working groups including the Wildlife Society and bat groups such as the Southern Bat Diversity Network working to keep up on the latest research and regulations.