Mike Lacki

Professional Profile

Michael Lacki is a professor in the Department of Forestry where he teaches Wildlife Biology and Management—FOR 370. He also assists with instruction of the NRES summer camp, advises undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in wildlife management, and conducts research on the ecology and management of forest-dwelling bats, where his research emphasizes habitat needs of threatened and endangered bat species across North America.

Prior to his arrival to UK, Dr. Lacki served on the faculty of the State University of New York and the Pennsylvania State University. He is active professionally, having served as President-elect, President, and Past-president of the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, and has been an active member of the North American Society for Bat Research since 1980.

His current research addresses physiological ecology, habitat use, and management needs of cave-hibernating bats threatened by white-nose syndrome at Mammoth Cave National Park and Yellowstone National Park. 


Dr. Lacki received his BS in Biology from the University of Dayton, his MS in Zoology from The Ohio State University, and his PhD in Zoology and Forestry from North Carolina State University.