University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Luke DoddLuke Dodd

Post-Doctoral Scholar | Rieske-Kinney Laboratory


Department of Forestry
214 T.P. Cooper Building (Office #8)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Ph: 859.257.5820
Fax: 859.323.1031

Research Interests

I am interested in management and conservation of our natural resources. My research is broadly focused on assessing the interrelationships that exist between bats, insects, and their forest environments.


I am part of a project involving collaboration between UK’s Forestry and Entomology Departments and the Northern Research Station of the US Forest Service. We’re investigating the effects of fire management and habitat quality on endangered bats at Mammoth Cave National Park. Our research efforts are focusing on the swarming and staging periods when bats are congregating around hibernation sites. With our studies, we are gaining insight into the predator-prey interactions and habitat use of bats that are threatened by White-Nose Syndrome.



  • Ph.D. in Entomology University of Kentucky, 2010.
    Dissertation Research: Forest disturbance affects insect prey and the activity of bats in deciduous forests. Advisor: Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney.
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, University of Kentucky, 2007.
    12 credit hours total.
  • M.S., Forestry (Wildlife Biology), University of Kentucky, 2006.
    Thesis Research: Diet and prey abundance of the Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) in Arkansas. Advisor: Michael J. Lacki.
  • B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Arkansas Tech University, 2004.

    GPA: 3.96 


Teaching Experience

  • Instructor
    University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry, Spring 2013.
    Wildlife Biology and Management (FOR 370).
  • Instructional Assistant
    University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology, Fall 2009.
    Forest Entomology (ENT 402).
  • Instructional Assistant
    University of Kentucky, Fall 2005
    Forest Wildlife Management (FOR 430).

Mentoring Experience

  • Advisor/Mentor for Undergraduate Independent Study, University of Kentucky, Fall 2012. Independent Study in Natural Resources (NRE 395), Acoustic inventory of bat species in the Bluegrass Region.
  • Advisor/Mentor for Undergraduate Independent Study, University of Kentucky, Fall 2008. Independent Study in Natural Resources (NRC395), Research investigating the food habits of the eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis) in Central Appalachia.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Research Grant, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, 2012-2013. “An inventory of bats and nocturnal insects at McConnell Springs.” Principal investigator.
  • Joint Fire Sciences Program Research Grant, US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Interior, 2010-2012. “Fire Management and foraging habitat quality for endangered bats in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park during the swarming and staging periods: predator-prey interactions and habitat use of bats threatened by White Nose Syndrome.” Grant co-writer and named post-doc.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky Graduate School, 2009-2010. “Forest structure affects ecologically-sensitive predator-prey relationships.” Stipend and tuition awarded.
  • Publication Scholarship, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology, 2010. “DNA-based techniques allow a high resolution of prey selection by a common forest-dwelling bat (Myotis septentrionalis).” Awarded.
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Kentucky Graduate School, 2008. Awarded.
  • Student Research Scholarship, Bat Conservation International, 2008. “Application of molecular techniques for detection of prey of insectivorous bats.” Awarded.
  • Grants in Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, 2007. “Application of genetic techniques for detection of prey of forest-dwelling bats.” Awarded.



  • Dodd, L.E., Z. Cornett, A. Smith, and L.K. Rieske. In Press. Variation in lepidopteran occurrence in hemlock-dominated and deciduous-dominated forests of Central Appalachia. Great Lakes Entomologist, X: XX-XX.

  • Johnson, J.S., L.E. Dodd, J.D. Keyser, T.S. Peterson, and K.S. Watrous. In Press. Food habits of Myotis leibii in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley of West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist, 19: 665-672.

  • Dodd, L.E., and J.S. Johnson. 2012. Observations of potential spring mating behavior in the eastern pipistrelle (Perimyotis subflavus). Bat Research News, 53: 37-38.

  • Dodd, L.E., E.G. Chapman, J.D. Harwood, M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske. 2012. Identification of prey of Myotis septentrionalis using DNA-based techniques. Journal of Mammalogy, 93: 1119-1128.

  • Dodd, L.E., M.J. Lacki, E.R. Britzke, D. A. Buehler, P.D. Keyser, J.L. Larkin, A.D. Rodewald, T.B. Wigley, P.B. Wood, and L.K. Rieske. 2012. Forest structure affects trophic linkages: how silvicultural disturbance impacts bats and their insect prey. Forest Ecology and Management, 267: 262-270.

  • Dodd, L.E., M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske. 2011. Habitat associations of Lepidoptera in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 84: 271-284.

  • Lacki, M.J., and L.E. Dodd. 2011. Diet and foraging behavior of Corynorhinus bats in eastern North America. In: Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats: a symposium (eds Loeb S.C., M. J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller). General Technical Report, SRS-145. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Pp. 39-52 (of 157 p).

  • Lacki, M.J., D.C. Cox, L.E. Dodd, and M.B. Dickinson. 2009. Response of northern bats (Myotis septentrionalis) to prescribed fires in eastern Kentucky forests. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 1165-1175.

  • Dodd, L.E., M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske. 2008. Variation in moth occurrence and the implications for foraging habitat of the Ozark big-eared bat. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 3866-3872.

  • Dodd, L.E., and J.K. Adkins. 2007. Observations of mating behavior in the eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis). Bat Research News 48: 155-156.

  • Dodd, L.E., and M.J. Lacki. 2007. Prey consumed by Corynorhinus townsendii ingens in the Ozark Mountain region. Acta Chiropterologica 9: 451–461.

  • Lacki, M.J., J.S. Johnson, L.E. Dodd, and M.D. Baker. 2007. Prey consumption of insectivorous bats in coniferous forests of north-central Idaho. Northwest Science 81: 199-205.


Recent Presentations

  • McKenna, M.M., L.E. Dodd, and L.K. Rieske-Kinney. Assessing Bat and Insect Activity in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky (Poster; Awarded Second Place in Undergraduate Ecology and Environmental Sciences Section). Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, 19-20 October 2012, Richmond, KY.

  • Dodd, L.E., N.S. Skowronski, M.B. Dickinson, M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske-Kinney. Using LiDAR to link forest canopy conditions with diversity patterns of Lepidoptera at Mammoth Cave National Park. 54nd Annual            Southern Forest Insect Work Conference. 24-27 July 2012, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Dodd, L.E., J.S. Johnson, L.K. Rieske-Kinney, S.C. Thomas, R.S. Toomey, and M.J. Lacki. Pre- and post-hibernation changes in the body condition of bats susceptible to White- Nose Syndrome at Mammoth Cave National Park. Annual Meeting of Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Eastern United States. 23-25 February 2012. Louisville, MS.

  • Rieske-Kinney, L. K., L.E. Dodd, J.K. Adkins, I. Graziosi, L.A. Nelson, and M.A. Sprinkle. Research in Forest Entomology: Building a knowledge base to understand and protect our natural resources. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. 13-16 November 2011, Reno, NV.

  • L.E. Dodd, D.R. Cox, J.J. Johnson, M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske. A regional assessment of the food habits of a bat assemblage prior to the arrival of White Nose Syndrome in Central Appalachia. 41st Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research. 26-29 October 2011, Toronto, ON.

  • Dodd, L.E., M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske-Kinney. First-year responses of forest bats and their arthropod prey to prescribed fire during the swarming period at Mammoth Cave National Park (Poster). Joint Meeting of the Northeastern Bat Working Group, Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, and Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Eastern United States. 23-25 February 2011, Louisville, KY.



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