Biologists Nate Fuller, Catherine Haase and Kirk Silas are traveling around the United States studying white nose syndrome in bats, a devastating fungus that is drastically shrinking the country's bat population. Bats are vital to ecosystems and their dwindling numbers could have devastating impacts for the health of our environment.

For the first time these researchers are able to utilize a mobile research station they designed and built and travel with from cave to cave. The team collects bats for a 24 hour period and records data crucial to understanding the disease, before the bats are released back into their homes.

Driven by their obsession with bats, science and concern for our planet this photo essay originally photographed for the New York Times gives a window into two days of their lives and their research.

See the original publication here.

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