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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with Aditi Jayarajan
A STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with Aditi Jayarajan, Bat Biologist, PhD Student at the University of Florida - Florida Museum in Gainesville, FL.

During this 45-minute session, the participants will:
- Learn about bat conservation and mammalogy as a career in general;
- Observe the day to day tasks of a bat biologist;
- Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area;
- Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

Dec 10, 2019 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aditi Jayarajan
Bat Biologist and PhD Student @University of Florida - Florida Museum
Aditi's research has been focused on the Caribbean islands, using bats as a model system. Bats are extremely diverse with over 1400 species which have described. The Caribbean islands face many threats due to climate change and habitat loss over time. The islands have grown and shrunken with the change in sea levels and even though bats are volant mammals, they have experienced several stresses which makes some populations go extinct on certain islands. Aditi uses morphology to look at bat populations. She combines modern and fossil bats in order to understand changes that have occurred over time. Aditi also uses modern Computed Technology (CT) scans to visualize bats. Having access to museum specimens at the Florida Museum and through CT scans, she can visualize skeletal as well as internal structures without having to dissect a valuable museum specimen. Aditi uses these CT scanned bats to create 3-D models which highlight the different feeding morphologies of bats.