Francis Tillman, Jr.

Francis Tillman is a Masters student in the Department of Biology under the advisement of Dr. Joy O’Keefe at Indiana State University. He is interested in studying bat colony movements and roost selection. His research is focused on the fission–fusion dynamics of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) near a highly developed area. Francis is a native Iowan who holds a degree in Respiratory Care from Northeast Iowa Community College (A.A.S.) and a degree in Biology from the University of Dubuque (B.S.). He first began working with bats in northeastern Iowa, testing for the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome and researching the impact of ectoparasites on bat health. He participated in a month long research excursion in Paraguay capturing small mammals and performing vegetation assessments. Francis enjoys working with wildlife and reading comics in his free time.