Alice Chung-MacCoubrey

Research Wildlife Biologist
M.S. 1993. Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ.
B.S. 1988. Biochemistry. Rutgers University - Cook College.


A radiotagged fringed myotis in a maternity colony.

Research Interests:

Bat biology, behavior, and habitat use; wildlife nutrition and physiology; carnivores.

Current Research:

The Southwest is a region of exceptionally high bat species diversity. New Mexico alone supports up to 26 of the 42 known bat species in the U.S. However, in New Mexico, two of these species are federally endangered, and 13 are federal species of concern. Bat populations may be most effectively conserved by protecting summer maternity roosts and winter hibernacula, structures that provide shelter to large congregations of bats. Improving summer reproductive success by ensuring the availability of suitable roost structures is an important management objective due to the low reproductive rate of these species of concern (one young per year).

A radio transmitter is glued to the back of a female long-legged Myotis.
A radiotransmitter is attached to a long-legged Myotis.

Many of New Mexico's bat species use piñon-juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forests during the summer for foraging, roosting, and/or reproduction. Despite the growing recognition that forests are used by many bat species for reproduction and that suitable maternity roosts are critical to reproductive success, the specific types of structures used as maternity roosts in these common southwestern forests have not been identified or characterized. Thus, management of summer bat populations in these habitat types is difficult to impossible. One of my research projects examines summer maternity roost requirements of three bat species of concern (long-legged myotis, long-eared myotis, and fringed myotis) in piñon -juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forests of central New Mexico (on the Cibola National Forest). Data from this project will be used to provide habitat management guidelines to managers interested in conserving bat populations on public and private lands. Other on-going, bat-related projects include examining bat species composition and maternity roost use on White Sands Missile Range and identifying the effects of fuel reduction treatments on bat activity in Rio Grande bosque forests.

For conservation information and activities in your state, visit North American Bat Working Groups. For general educational information, visit Bat Conservation International.

Over 200 bats roost in the crack of this ponderosa pine.

Selected Publications:

Chung-MacCoubrey, A. L. 1999. Maternity roosts of bats at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: a preliminary report. Pp. 187-190 in D. M. Finch, J. C. Whitney, J. F. Kelly, and S. R. Loftin, eds. Rio Grande Ecosystems: Linking land, water, and people. Toward a sustainable future for the Middle Rio Grande Basin. June 2-5, 1998. Albuquerque, NM. Proc. RMRS P-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mtn. Res. Stn. 245p.

Chung-MacCoubrey, A. L., A. E. Hagerman, and R. L. Kirkpatrick. 1997. Effects of tannins on digestion and detoxification activity in gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). Physiological Zoology 70:270-277.

Chung-MacCoubrey, A. L. 1996. Grassland bats and land management in the Southwest. Pp. 54-63 in D. M. Finch, ed. Ecology and management of western grassland ecosystems. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-285. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 82p.

Chung-MacCoubrey, A. L. 1995. Bat species using water sources in pinyon-juniper woodlands. Pp. 168-170 in D. W. Shaw and D. M. Finch, tech coords. Desired Future Conditions for Southwestern Ecosystems: Bringing Interests and Concerns Together. September 18-22, 1995. Albuquerque, NM. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-272. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 359p.

Chung-MacCoubrey, A. L. 1995. Bat species composition and roost use in pinyon-juniper woodlands of New Mexico. Pp. 118-123 in R. M. R. Barclay and R. M. Brigham, eds. Bats and Forests Symposium. October 19-21, 1995. Victoria, BC. Canadian Research Branch, BC Ministry of Forests, Victoria, B.C. Working Paper 23/1996. 292p.