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CSU Prof Using Mobile App to Capture Bat Data in Africa

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Rebekah Kading, PhD, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University (CSU), is travelling to Uganda to capture bats that may carry pathogens. The study also has a catch-and-release component where bats will be measured, weighed and reproductive status determined as part of ecological and bat distribution research. This project is funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in conjunction with CSU and the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Rebekah and her Ugandan team will locate, geotag, photograph and capture bats in locations near Entebbe and Sipi, Uganda near the Kenya border.

Dr. Kading and her Ugandan team will take a photograph of each location and bat using Red Hen System’s MediaMapper Mobile(MMM) for Android™ and a Samsung Galaxy 5S, catch the bat, categorize which bat came from where (e.g. A2) and annotate where it was captured. MediaMapper Mobile will automatically geotag the photo and save it along with typed notes and voice notes that will later be automatically mapped and viewed using Red Hen System’s isWhere for Google Earth™ and, potentially, maps from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).  The findings of this research will be presented to CSU, CDC and DITRA  to provide biosurveillance training to Ugandan partners and support bat biology and ecology research in Uganda.

MediaMapper Mobile is available on Google Play and the NGA IGAPP Store.