Dr. Victoria (Tory) J. Bennett
My research focuses on the anthropogenic disturbance of wildlife, such the impact of roads, non-consumptive recreation and land-use change on wildlife. I have a strong background in wildlife ecology from an academic, government and private sector prospective and specialize, but am not limited to, “things with wings”. My research objectives are to conduct studies that have real-world application and potentially develop effective management strategies for species, habitats or ecosystems of concern. Since arriving at TCU in 2011, I have been investigating the impact of wind turbines on bats as part of the NextEra-TCU Initiative. As part of this Initiative, Dr. Amanda Hale in the Department of Biology and myself are working in collaboration to find solutions that will potentially reduce bat and bird fatalities at wind facilities. We have also initiated the TCU Bat Outreach Program involving local schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to raise local awareness for bats and establish one of the first long-term studies to monitor bat populations in Texas.