PLOS Ecology Contributing Editor Mary Bates is a freelance science writer based in Boston. She has written for such publications as National Geographic News, New Scientist, and IEEE Pulse magazine. Mary received her PhD in psychology studying bat echolocation at Brown University.
Scientists report the earliest known historical incidence of the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease devastating North American bat populations. They detected the fungus on a bat specimen collected in France in 1918