2020 African Graduate Student Research Fund Award - Aristide Sock Bell, Jr.

Aristide Sock Bell, Jr., is a Ph.D. student in Zoology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Douala (Cameroon) investigating the relationship between urbanization and bat population structure in the littoral region of Cameroon, with an emphasis on conservation and public health. His fieldwork includes collecting haemoparasites and ectoparasites from bats mistnetted in urban, peri-urban, and the Ebo Forest (a proposed National Park). ASM funding will support Aristide’s travel to and from study sites, personnel costs, and and the purchase of supplies. The results of his research will have broad implications for conservation, ecology, and local public health.