Molly Simonis is a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio under the mentorship of Dr. Megan Rúa and Dr. Lynn Hartzler. Molly's research takes an integrative approach to understanding host trait shifts under host-pathogen interactions. She specifically focuses on the physiological trait shifts in big brown bats chronically exposed to the fungal pathogen that causes white-nose syndrome. Molly's dissertation research will shed light on how big brown bat populations persist through Pseudogymnoascus destructans invasion and predict how similar disturbances may alter their populations in the future. She has been a member of the Midwest Bat Working Group since 2016 and is pleased to serve as a student representative on the Board.
Wright State University