Dr. Shaw joined USAO as an assistant professor of biology in August 2012. He received his B.A. in zoology from Southern Utah University, his M.S. in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in biological education from the University of Northern Colorado. His research is primarily focused on bat evolution and ecology. In Oklahoma his research has focused on bat ecology with an emphasis on cave ecology where he is trying to understand the micro climate needs of Oklahoma’s hibernating bats. He is highly involved with undergraduate research at USAO and has integrated students in many of his bat studies, including cave surveys and auditory studies. He is a member of the Oklahoma bat coordinating team that is organized and managed by the Oklahoma department of wildlife conservation. He helps oversee cave surveys for White-nose syndrome throughout the western half of Oklahoma and is involved in many of their research projects.