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Dr. Thomas E. Tomasi

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Vice President

Email: t***@***.edu
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  • Ph.D.
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Leadership | American Society of Mammalogists
www.mammalsociety.org, 9 Oct 2014 [cached]
Thomas E. Tomasi - tomtomasi@missouristate.edu Vice President
Committees
mags-net.org, 9 Nov 2013 [cached]
Thomas Tomasi, Missouri State University (2015)
White nose syndrome affects ...
wwww.caves.org, 1 Jan 2013 [cached]
White nose syndrome affects millions of bats in the United States, said Tom Tomasi, professor of biology at Missouri State University. He and Chris Bogart of Nevada, a pre-med student, were at the cave recently to collect samples from some of the bats that live there.
"No bats have white nose in this part of the state. If we can find some bacteria on the bats here that are more resistant to the disease and not on the bats that are susceptible, then that might give clues to what's going on," Tomasi said. He added that there are many ideas on why some species are more susceptible, but no one really knows for sure. Researchers are taking a proactive approach but have only been studying white nose syndrome for about two years.
Tomasi and a colleague, biology professor Lynn Robbins, and several students are working to get a better understanding of white nose syndrome before the disease gets here.
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Tomasi explained that torpor is different than sleeping, because the bat's body temperature drops very low. Hibernation is a type of torpor. When humans sleep, their body temperature does not drop.
"We took a swab sample, which means basically rubbing a Q-tip on the bat's wing and face to pick up some bacteria so we can take it back and analyze it," Tomasi said.
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Tomasi took bats from their footholds on the wall of the cave and held them as Bogart swabbed to get a sample and then sealed the swab in a tiny specimen container.
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Tomasi then placed the bats back on the wall of the cave.
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Tomasi feels the research will help scientists understand the disease, and the interaction between the fungus and the bats that causes the syndrome. "The more we know about it, the sooner we'll be able to find something to help the bats," Tomasi said, adding that the next step would be to find out how it (the bacteria or secretion) could be transferred from one species of bat to another without causing some other kind of harm, such as to the ecosystem or the bat's skin or even in the cave.
"We don't know why it didn't continue at a rapid pace going west. It seems to have slowed down quite a bit, but if it gets a foothold on this side of the Mississippi, it could spread all the way to the Pacific, and some species are not likely to be able to fight it off," he said.
Tomasi noted the same fungus has occasionally been found on bats in Europe, but it doesn't seem to bother them at all. It is believed that the fungus was accidentally transferred to a cave in New York where it first started, and then spread out during the last five or six winters. This fungus doesn't survive well outside of a cold damp environment, so species of bats that never go into caves should be fine, Tomasi said.
Dr. Thomas Tomasi of SW ...
www.skeptic.com, 22 Nov 2006 [cached]
Dr. Thomas Tomasi of SW Missouri State Univ., says that it looks to him like "a large unidentified primate.
White nose syndrome affects millions of ...
www.caves.org, 6 July 2013 [cached]
White nose syndrome affects millions of bats in the United States, said Tom Tomasi, professor of biology at Missouri State University. He and Chris Bogart of Nevada, a pre-med student, were at the cave recently to collect samples from some of the bats that live there.
"No bats have white nose in this part of the state. If we can find some bacteria on the bats here that are more resistant to the disease and not on the bats that are susceptible, then that might give clues to what's going on," Tomasi said. He added that there are many ideas on why some species are more susceptible, but no one really knows for sure. Researchers are taking a proactive approach but have only been studying white nose syndrome for about two years.
Tomasi and a colleague, biology professor Lynn Robbins, and several students are working to get a better understanding of white nose syndrome before the disease gets here.
...
Tomasi explained that torpor is different than sleeping, because the bat's body temperature drops very low. Hibernation is a type of torpor. When humans sleep, their body temperature does not drop.
"We took a swab sample, which means basically rubbing a Q-tip on the bat's wing and face to pick up some bacteria so we can take it back and analyze it," Tomasi said.
...
Tomasi took bats from their footholds on the wall of the cave and held them as Bogart swabbed to get a sample and then sealed the swab in a tiny specimen container.
...
Tomasi then placed the bats back on the wall of the cave.
...
Tomasi feels the research will help scientists understand the disease, and the interaction between the fungus and the bats that causes the syndrome. "The more we know about it, the sooner we'll be able to find something to help the bats," Tomasi said, adding that the next step would be to find out how it (the bacteria or secretion) could be transferred from one species of bat to another without causing some other kind of harm, such as to the ecosystem or the bat's skin or even in the cave.
"We don't know why it didn't continue at a rapid pace going west. It seems to have slowed down quite a bit, but if it gets a foothold on this side of the Mississippi, it could spread all the way to the Pacific, and some species are not likely to be able to fight it off," he said.
Tomasi noted the same fungus has occasionally been found on bats in Europe, but it doesn't seem to bother them at all. It is believed that the fungus was accidentally transferred to a cave in New York where it first started, and then spread out during the last five or six winters. This fungus doesn't survive well outside of a cold damp environment, so species of bats that never go into caves should be fine, Tomasi said.
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