JGS student Cory Toth takes third place in 3 Minute Thesis competition

17 November 2014
Cory toth

Cory Toth is a PhD Candidate in the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity. His 'elevator pitch'  entitled Sexy males in bat-chelor pads: Lek breeding in Lesser Short-tailed Bats recently won him third place in the University of Auckland's 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Cory is currently using genetics to determine the correlates of male reproductive success (e.g. morphology, song characteristics) and to determine if ‘timeshare’ males are related. His research aims to not only propose management plans to help conserve this endangered species, but also suggest reasons for the mating system’s rarity in bats overall. He is supervised by Associate Prof Stuart Parsons (Supervisor), Dr. Todd Dennis and Dr. Gregory Holwell (Co-supervisors) from the University of Auckland and is funded by the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Australasian Bat Society, Bat Conservation International, and the University of Auckland.

"Through this work I hope to not only propose management plans to help conserve this endangered species, but also suggest reasons for the mating system’s rarity in bats overall."