Curator of Mammals
M.S. (Biology) Marshall University, 1996
B.S. (Biology) West Virginia State College, 1991
Continuing to explore and document the mammalian diversity of the region, focusing on current distribution patterns and trends, will receive much attention for the foreseeable future. Particular attention will be paid to the distribution of Appalachian endemics where they reach the southern extent of their ranges in western North Carolina. The accumulation of mercury in bats is another major area of focus.
Felix, Z. I., Y. Wang, C. J. Schweitzer, and L. J. Gatens. 2007. Relationships between small mammal community structure and varying levels of overstory tree retention in northern Alabama. Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United Statesin, 2007 meeting in Destin FL.
Gatens, L. J., S. J. Lambiase, and M. K. Clark. 2006. Bat (Chiroptera) inventory of North Carolina State Parks. American Society of Mammalogists, 2006 annual meeting in Amherst MA.
Webster, W. D., and L. J. Gatens. 2006. Cottontail Rabbits (Lagomorpha: Leporidae: Sylvilagus) of North Carolina. American Society of Mammalogists, 2006 annual meeting in Amherst MA.