Melissa Meierhofer joined the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) in 2015 as a research associate. Her research is focused on understanding the susceptibility of winter-roosting bats to white-nose syndrome, a cold-loving fungus that has caused the deaths of millions of hibernating bats, through studying bat winter activity, composition, abundance and environmental conditions within hibernacula across Texas.
Prior to joining the institute, Meierhofer volunteered her time in the mammal and bird divisions at the Field Museum of Natural History.
She completed her master of science under the direction of Dr. DeeAnn Reeder at Bucknell University in 2013. Her thesis work focused on little brown bats and understanding the physiological consequences of white-nose syndrome. She received her bachelor of art in psychobiology and studio art from Ripon College in 2011 where she studied parental care of Eastern Bluebirds.
J. S. Johnson, D. M. Reeder, T. Lilley, G. Á. Czirják, C. Voight, J. W. McMichael III, M. B. Meierhofer, S. S. Lumadue, A. J. Altmann, M. A. Toro, and K. A. Field. 2015. Antibodies to Pseudogymnoascus destructans are not sufficient for protection against white-nose syndrome. Ecology and Evolution 5(11): 2203-2214.
J. S. Johnson, D. M. Reeder, J. W. McMichael III, M. B. Meierhofer, D. W. F. Stern, S. S. Lumadue, L. E. Sigler, H. D. Winters, M. E. Vodzak, A. Kurta, J. A. Kath, and K. A. Field. 2014. Host, pathogen, and environmental characteristics predict white-nose syndrome mortality in captive little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). PLoS ONE 9(11): e112502. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0112502.