My research has primarily focused on questions related to bat behavior and biology. I am interested in how bats survive at northern latitudes given the short summers and short summer nights. In particular, I am interested in the timing of reproduction, foraging efficiency and foraging behaviour of Myotis lucifugus (little brown myotis) maternity colonies throughout Alaska and the Northwest Territories. My field methods often include acoustic surveys, mistnetting, and radio telemetry.
In general, I am interested in northern ecosystems and how various wildlife have carved out niches in these 'extreme' environments. I specialize in planning and executing fieldwork in remote settings, and using creative modes of transportation to achieve research goals.
Droghini, A., A.S. Fischbach, J.T. Watson and J.P. Reimer. 2020. Regional ocean models indicate changing limits to biological invasions in the Bering Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsaa014
Reimer, J.P., R.M.R. Barclay and E.F. Baerwald. 2018. Echolocation activity of migratory bats at a wind energy facility: testing the feeding-attraction hypothesis to explain fatalities. Journal of Mammalogy 99(6):1472–1477.
Brigham, R.M., H.G. Broders, C.A. Toth, J.P. Reimer and R.M.R. Barclay. 2018. Roosting and foraging behavior of Woolly false vampire bats Chrotopterus auritus. Caribbean Naturalist 47: 1-7.
Boyles, J.G., L.P. McGuire, E. Boyles, J.P. Reimer, C.A.C Brooks, R.W. Rutherford, T.A. Rutherford, J.O. Whitaker and G.F. McCracken. 2016. Physiological and behavioral adaptations in bats living at high latitudes. Physiology & Behavior 165: 322-327.
Reimer, J.P., C.L. Lausen, R.M.R. Barclay, S. Irwin and M. Vassal. 2014. Bat activity and hibernacula use in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta. Northwestern Naturalist 95:277-288.
Wilson, J.M., J.P Reimer and D. Allaire. 2014. Diversity and distribution of bats in the Northwest Territories. Northwestern Naturalist 95:197-218.
RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
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Where do bats hibernate in Alaska
- Alaska Magazine | 2020 | click here
What colonies and shoulder-season sightings tell us about Alaska's little brown bats
- Anchorage Daily News | 2019 | click here
Alaska bat researchers brace for white-nose syndrome
- The Northern Light (radio interview) | 2017 | click here
Preparing for Invasive Species in the Bering Sea
- The Cordova Times | 2017 | click here
Researchers catch up with Northern bats
- Northern Journal | 2013 | click here
Scientist hangs out with Northern bats
- Northern Journal | 2011 | click here