Sean Clawson will be investigating bats in a landscape comprised of reserves and agricultural fields in Swaziland Africa, specifically looking at fruit bat behavior due to the important ecosystem services these species provide as seed dispersers and pollinators. Sean hopes to contribute meaningful information on these poorly understood species.
Wahlberg's Epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi)
Commonly found throughout Southern Africa, this species of fruit bat occupies habitats such as mangrove and riverine forests with fruiting trees. This species is tolerant of habitat modification and has been recorded to inhabit urbanized areas.