James Cox is a master’s student in the Department of Biology under the advisement of Dr. Joy O’Keefe at Indiana State University. His research is focused on ecological niche and occupancy modeling for the elucidation and conservation of bats in the southern Appalachian Mountains. James earned his bachelor’s in biology at Indiana State University in May 2014. During his undergraduate experience, James worked for the ISU Bat Center for Research, Outreach, and Conservation in a multitude of capacities as a research technician. James officially joined the lab as a master’s student in the fall of 2017 after leaving his position as research lab coordinator for Indiana University School of Medicine. James enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors and up close with wildlife. He aspires to become a researching professor at a university where he can maintain and grow his efforts in community outreach for scientific engagement.