University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

MIKE LACKI

Professor – Wildlife Ecology and Management

Mike LackiContact me:
214 Thomas Poe Cooper Building  (Office: 207)
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Phone: (859) 257-8571
Fax: (859) 323-1031
Email: mlacki@uky.edu

Education:
B.S., Biology, University of Dayton, 1978
(Magna Cum Laude)
M.S., Zoology, The Ohio State University, 1980
Ph.D., Zoology, North Carolina State University, 1984

Current Research Projects:
“Pre-WNS habitat assessment of bats during late summer and autumn in Yellowstone National Park;” National Park Service; 2010-2014; $60,000.00; Co-Principal Investigator with John Treanor.

“Fire management and 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;” USDA Joint Fire Science Program; 2010-2013, $333,265.00; Principal Investigator with Matt Dickinson and Lynne Rieske-Kinney.
           
“Roosting and foraging behavior of Rafinesque’ big-eared bat near the northern limits of the species range;” KDFWR; 2009-2012, $153,915.00; Principal Investigator

Graduate Student Committees and Post-Doctoral Scholars:  (n = 67)

Courses Offered at UK:
Wildlife Biology and Management (FOR 370); 2011-2013
Introduction to Wildlife Conservation (FOR 101); 1990
Data Collection Techniques (NRC 320) – contributing instructor; 1994-2001, 2005-2013
Forest Wildlife Management (FOR 430); 1990-2011
Interdependent Natural resource Issues (FOR 470); 2013
Integrated Forest Resources Management (FOR 480) – team taught course; 1994-2006
Renewable Natural Resources in a Global Perspective (Graduate Level - FOR 602) – contributing instructor; 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Special Topics in Conservation Biology (Graduate Level - FOR 620); 1995 
Wildlife Habitat Analysis (Graduate Level - FOR 630); 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2006
Forestry Seminar (Graduate Level – FOR 770); 2002 

Publications (2013-2003): (n=73)
Lacki, M.J., J.S. Johnson, and M.D. Baker. 2013. Temperatures beneath bark of dead trees used as roosts by Myotis volans in forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Acta Chiropterologica 15: (in press).

Johnson, J.S., and M.J. Lacki. 2013. Habitat associations of Rafinesque’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) and their lepidopteran prey in bottomland hardwood forests. Canadian Journal of Zoology 91:  94-101. 

Johnson, J.S., J.N. Kropczynski, and M.J. Lacki. 2013. Social network analysis and the study of sociality in bats. Acta Chiropterologica 15: 1-17.

Dodd, L.E., N.S. Skowronski, M.B. Dickinson, M.J. Lacki, and L.K. Rieske. 2013. Using LiDAR to link forest canopy structure with bat activity and insect occurrence: preliminary findings. Pp. 50-57 in Mammoth Cave National Park’s 10th Research Symposium:  Celebrating the Diversity of Research in the Mammoth Cave Region. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.  

Johnson, J.S., and M.J. Lacki. 2012. Summer heterothermy in Rafinesque’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) roosting in tree cavities in bottomland hardwood forests. Journal of Comparative Physiology B (doi: 10.1007/s00360-012-0728).

Johnson, J.S., M.J. Lacki, S.C. Thomas, and J.F. Grider. 2012. Frequent arousals from winter torpor in Rafinesque’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii). PLoS ONE 7(11):  e49754. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0049754.

Johnson, J.S., J.N. Kropczynski, M.J. Lacki, and G.D. Langlois. 2012. Social networks of Rafinesque’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) in bottomland hardwood forests. Journal of Mammalogy 93: 1545-1558.  

Barding, E.E., and M.J. Lacki. 2012. Winter diet of river otters in Kentucky. Northeastern Naturalist 19:  157-164. 

Lacki, M.J., M.D. Baker, and J.S. Johnson. 2012. Temporal dynamics of roost snags of
long-legged myotis in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Journal of Wildlife Management
76: 1310-1316.

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.

Kroll, A.J., M.J. Lacki, and E.B. Arnett. 2012. Research needs to support management and conservation of cavity dependant birds and bats on forested landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 27: 128-136.

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.

Barding, E.E., and M.J. Lacki. 2012. Status, distribution, diet, and reproductive characteristics of river otters in Kentucky. Pp. 26-35 in Annual Research Highlights 2011: KDFWR, Volume 5. Frankfort, Kentucky.

Johnson, J., J. Treanor, M. Lacki, M. Baker, L. Dodd, and G. Falxa. 2012. Preparing for possible arrival of white-nose syndrome in the western United States:  an example from Yellowstone National Park. Bat Research News 53:  85.

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.

Johnson, J.S., K.S. Watrous, G.J. Giumarro, T.S. Peterson, S.A. Boyden, and M.J. Lacki. 2011. Seasonal and geographic trends in acoustic detection of tree-roosting bats. Acta Chiropterologica 13: 157-168.

Loeb, S.C., M.J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller, editors. 2011. Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats:  a symposium. Southern Research Station, USDA, GTR-SRS-145, 157pp.

Lacki, M.J., and L.E. Dodd. 2011. Diet and foraging behavior of Corynorhinus in eastern North America. Pp. 39-52 in Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats:  a symposium. (Loeb, S.C., M.J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller, eds.), Southern Research Station, USDA, GTR-SRS-145.

Johnson, J.S, and M.J. Lacki. 2011. Foraging and roosting ecology of Rafinesque’s
big-eared bat at the northern edge of the range. Pp. 129-137 in Conservation and
management of eastern big-eared bats:  a symposium (Loeb, S.C., M.J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller, eds.), Southern Research Station, USDA, GTR-SRS-145.   

Loeb, S.C., M.J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller. 2011. Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats:  an introduction. Pp. 1-11 in Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats:  a symposium. (Loeb, S.C., M.J. Lacki, and D.A. Miller, eds.), Southern Research Station, USDA, GTR-SRS-145.

Lacki, M.J., and E.E. Barding. 2011. Research on North American river otters in Kentucky: recovery, ecological impacts, and population dynamics. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6: 16-17.

Lacki, M.J. 2011. Book Review:  Bats of Ohio, by Sparks et al. Bat Research News 52: 1-2.

Dodd, L.E., D.R. Cox, J.S. Johnson, M.J. Lacki, and L. K. Rieske-Kinney. 2011. Regional assessment of prey consumed by bats in Central Appalachia prior to the arrival of white-nose syndrome. Bat Research News 52: 69.

Johnson, J.S., M.J. Lacki, and J.F. Grider. 2011. Thermoregulatory strategies of Rafinesque’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) roosting in trees, caves, rock shelters, and buildings. Bat Research News 52: 80-81.

Barding, E.E., M.J. Lacki, and L.L. Patton. 2010. Recovery of the river otter to Kentucky. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 64: 112-117.

Dickinson, M.B., J.C. Norris, A.S. Bova, R.L. Kremens, V. Young, and M.J. Lacki. 2010.
Effects of wildland fire smoke on a tree-roosting bat:  integrating a plume model, field measurements, and mammalian dose-response relationships. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 2187-2203.

Lacki, M.J., M.D. Baker, and J.S. Johnson. 2010. Geographic variation in roost-site
selection of long-legged myotis in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Wildlife
Management 74: 1218-1228.

Johnson, J.S., M.J. Lacki, and G. Langlois. 2010. Social roosting behavior in colonies ofCorynorhinus rafinesquii in bottomland hardwood and upland karst regions of Kentucky. Bat Research News 51: 166.

Lacki, M.J., D.R. 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.

Lacki, M.J., D.R. Cox, and M.B. Dickinson. 2009. Meta-analysis of summer roosting
characteristics of two species of Myotis bats. American Midland Naturalist
161: 321-329.

Dzialak, M.R., K.M. Carter, M.J. Lacki, D.F. Westneat, and K. Anderson. 2009. Activity
of post-fledging peregrine falcons in different rearing and habitat conditions.
Southeastern Naturalist 8: 93-106.

Dickinson, M.B, M.J. Lacki, and D.R. Cox. 2009. Fire and the endangered Indiana bat.
Pp. 51-75 in Proceedings of the 3rd fire in eastern oak forests conference
(Hutchinson, T.F., ed.), Northern Research Station, USDA, GTR-NRS-P-46.

Watrous, K.S., J.S. Johnson, G.J. Giumarro, T.S. Peterson, S.A. Boyden, and M.J. Lacki. 2009. Seasonal and geographic trends in acoustic detection of tree-roosting bats. Bat Research News 50: 151.

Dickinson, M., J. Norris, M. Lacki, V. Young, and A. Bova. 2009. Injury and mortality risks from wildland fire smoke and heat exposures for endangered Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in maternity roosts. Final report; JFSP Project Number 05-2-1-24. 

Baker, M.D., M.J. Lacki, G.A. Falxa, P.L. Droppelman, R.A. Slack, and S.A. Slankard. 2008. Habitat use of pallid bats in coniferous forests of northern California. Northwest Science 82: 269-275.

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

Cox, D.R., M.J. Lacki, M.D. Baker, and J.S. Johnson. 2008. Sample size and the characterization of roosting habitat of forest-living bats. Bat Research News 49:1-9.

Lacki, M.J., D.R. Cox, L.E. Dodd, and M.B. Dickinson. 2008. Response of northern bats, Myotis septentrionalis, to prescribed fires in eastern Kentucky forests. Bat Research News 49: 139.

Dodd, L.E., L.K. Rieske-Kinney, and M.J. Lacki. 2008. Silvicultural disturbance influences bat activity and the occurrence of nocturnal insects in the central Appalachians of eastern North America. Bat Research News 49: 115.

Lacki, M.J., J.P. Hayes, and A. Kurta, editors. 2007. Bats in forests:  conservation and management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. 329pp.

Lacki, M.J., S.K. Amelon, and M.D. Baker. 2007. Foraging ecology of bats in forests. Pp. 83-127 in Bats in forests:  conservation and management (M.J. Lacki, J.P. Hayes, and A. Kurta, eds.), The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.   

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., and M.D. Baker. 2007. Day roosts of female fringed myotis, Myotis thysanodes, in xeric forests of the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 967-973.

Johnson, J.S., M.J. Lacki, and M.D. Baker. 2007. Foraging ecology of long-legged myotis, Myotis volans, in north-central Idaho. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 1261-1270.

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.

Dzialak, M.R., M.J. Lacki, and S. Vorisek. 2007. Survival, mortality, and morbidity among peregrine falcons reintroduced in Kentucky. Journal of Raptor Research 41: 61-65.

Dzialak, M.R., K.M. Carter, and M.J. Lacki. 2007. Perch site selection by reintroduced peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus. Wildlife Biology 13:225-230.

Baker, M.D., and M.J. Lacki. 2006. Day roosting habitat of female long-legged myotis in ponderosa pine forests. Journal of Wildlife Management 70: 207-215.  

Dzialak, M.R., M.J. Lacki, K.M. Carter, K. Huie, and J.J. Cox. 2006. An assessment of raptor hacking during a reintroduction. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:542-547.

Maehr, D.S., P. Crowley, J.J. Cox, M.J. Lacki, J.L. Larkin, T.S. Hoctor, L.D. Harris, and P.M. Hall. 2006. Of cats and Haruspices:  genetic intervention in the Florida panther. Responses to Pimm et al. (2006). Animal Conservation 9:127-132.

Baker, M.D., and M.J. Lacki. 2006. Survey of forest bat communities and day-roosting ecology of Myotis volans in North-central Idaho, 2004-2005 comprehensive report. Final report to the Idaho Fish and Game, State Wildlife Project No. T-1-5 0410. 48 pp.

Cox, D.R., M.J. Lacki, M.D. Baker, and J.S. Johnson. 2006. Effects of sample size on habitat modeling for forest-roosting bats. Bat Research News 47:97.

Baker, M.D., and M.J. Lacki. 2006. day-roosting habits of female fringed myotis, Myotis thysanodes, in xeric forests of the Pacific Northwest. Bat Research News 47:85.

Dodd, L.E., and M.J. Lacki. 2006. Occurrence of prey and diet of the Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens). Bat Research News 47:98.

Johnson, J.S., M.J. Lacki, and M.D. Baker. 2006. Foraging ecology of long-legged myotis (Myotis volans) in north-central Idaho. Bat Research News 47:114.

Dzialak, M.R., M.J. Lacki, J.L. Larkin, K.M. Carter, and S. Vorisek. 2005. Corridors affect dispersal initiation in reintroduced peregrine falcons. Animal Conservation 8:421-430.

Dzialak, M.R., M.J. Lacki, and K.M. Carter. 2005. Characterization of potential release sites for peregrine falcon reintroduction. Natural Areas Journal 25:188-196.

Lacki, M.J., J.W. Hummer, and J.L. Fitzgerald. 2005. Population patterns of copperbelly water snakes (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta) in a riparian corridor impacted by mining and reclamation. American Midland Naturalist 153:357-369.

Dzialak, M.R., L.S. Burford, S. Vorisek, M.J. Lacki, and B.L. Palmer-Ball, Jr. 2005. The peregrine falcon and its recovery in Kentucky. The Kentucky Warbler 81:39-46.

Baker, M.D., M.J. Lacki, and J.S. Johnson. 2005. Day-roosting behavior of female Myotis volans in xeric and mesic forests of the intermountain northwestern United States. Bat Research News 46:154.

Lacki, M. J., J.L. Fitzgerald, and J.W. Hummer. 2004. Changes in avian species composition following surface mining and reclamation along a riparian forest corridor in southern Indiana. Wetlands Ecology and Management 12:447-457.

Baker, M.D., and M.J. Lacki. 2004. Forest bat communities in the east Cascade Range, Washington. Northwest Science 78:234-241.

Lacki, M.J., H.F. Yacek, Jr., and M.D. Baker. 2004. Nesting success of forest songbirds in mixed mesophyitc forests in eastern Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 65:21-26.

Secrist, D.E., D.S. Maehr, J.L. Larkin, and M.J. Lacki. 2004. Potential impacts of reintroduced elk on amphibian distribution and abundance in eastern Kentucky, U.S.A. Natural Areas Journal 24:65-68.

Lacki, M.J. 2004. Searching for the long-legged myotis in southern Oregon. Bats 22:8-9.

Lacki, M.J., and M.D. Baker. 2004. Variation in choice of day roosts by reproductively-active female long-legged myotis, Myotis volans in ponderosa pine forests. Bat Research News 45:129-130.

Lacki, M.J., and S.K. Amelon. 2004. Foraging ecology of forest bats – a synthesis. Bat Research News 45:60-61.

Baker, M.D., and M.J. Lacki. 2004. Habitat use by day-roosting female long-legged myotis (Myotis volans) in Ponderosa Pine Forests. Bat Research News 45:49.

LaDeur, K.M., M.J. Lacki, M.R. Dzialak, L.S. Burford, and R.E. Bethany. 2003. Food habits of peregrine falcons in Kentucky. Journal of Raptor Research 37:344-349.

Lacki, M.J., and M.D. Baker. 2003. A prospective power analysis and review of habitat characteristics used in studies of tree-roosting bats. Acta Chiropterologica 5:199-208.

Miller, D.A., E.B. Arnett, and M.J. Lacki. 2003. Habitat management for forest-roosting bats of North America:  a critical review of habitat studies. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31:30-44.

Dzialak, M.R., M.J. Lacki, D.S. Maehr, and K.M. LaDeur. 2003. Demographic influences on peregrine falcon reintroduction in Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 64: 21-28.

Lacki, M.J. 2003. The need for scientific rigor in habitat studies of forest bats. Bat Research News 44:17-18.