Cornelia Röß, BSc
Currently, I am a master student of zoology at the University of Innsbruck. During my master studies, I did a year abroad in Brazil, where I had a focus on behavioral biology and my interest in nature conservation increased.
For my master thesis, I am working on an INTERREG V-A project called protectBats. In this project, the population of the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) in Tyrol and Upper Bavaria is remonitored, and the causes of mass mortalities of the species are investigated. 1960-1980, there was a significant decline of the native population of this bat throughout Europe. In relation to this fact, we aim at determining the role of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead and of the persistent organic pollutant lindane, which was used as a wood preservative in roof trusses. Both historical and recent horseshoe nest sites will be analyzed and evaluated for these parameters, with the overarching aim of supporting the spread of the lesser horseshoe bat in the future.