March is defense season at TTU, and we had a very busy and successful month. A hearty congratulations to Julie, Nick and Colleen for great presentations and bodies of work :-). Here are the titles:
Juliana Senawi: The Relationship between Morphology and Ecological Performance in Malaysian Insectivorous Bats. PhD Zoology. (My FIRST PhD student to graduate — YAY!).
Nick Goforth: Short-Term Effects of Wildfire on Bat Activity. MS Natural Resource Management.
Colleen Martin: Effectiveness of Operational Mitigation in Reducing Bat Mortality and an Assessment of Bat and Bird Fatalities at the Sheffield Wind Facility, Vermont. MS Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management.
Julie returns to her lectureship in Malaysia at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, while Colleen and Nick will be staying on in Lubbock for a bit while they plan the next move in their careers. We wish them the very best for the future, even though they will be missed from the lab.
Iroro is today’s featured conservationist in Bat Conservation International’s “Women in Bat Conservation”. Well done Iroro!
Congratulations to Kendra for being awarded a Texas Tech University Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This means she is fully supported to do nothing but think science and write up her research for 12 months! How cool is that!
Way Canguk in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park — a bat diversity hotspot (photo Tigga Kingston)
Joe’s first paper from his dissertation research was published today in Acta Chiropterologica. It is a superb account of the bat diversity captured during his research in South West Sumatra and reveals the significance of the area in and around Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park as chiropteran diversity hotspot for SE Asia. Especially useful for other researchers in Sumatra is a dichotomous key to all the bat species currently known for Sumatra, based on external features. Suprisingly little work has been done on bats on the island, we hope this paper and the key will facilitate more!
Joe Chun-Chia Huang, Elly Lestari Rustiati, Meyner Nusalawo, Ibnu Maryanto, Maharadatunkamsi, Sigit Wiantoro & Tigga Kingston. A recent survey reveals Bukit Barisan Selatan Landscape as chiropteran diversity hotspot in Sumatra. Acta Chiropterologica, 15(2): 413-449.
If you would like a copy, email Joe or myself.
I am honored to announce that I have been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the Species Survival Commission’s Bat Specialist Group. I am taking over from Professor Paul Racey, who served the group for nearly 30 years!
My responsibility is for the Old World bats and I will be serving alongside Professor Rodrigo Medellin who continues as the New World Chair.
Many thanks to Paul for all his hard work and the inspiration that he has been to so many of us!
Fall 2014 began with two new additions to the lab. Macy Madden joins us from Canisius College in New York, and Iroro Tanshi from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Both are enrolled in the PhD program and have research interests in Africa (South Africa, and Nigeria respectively), so it will be great to expand our collective knowledge of Old World bat conservation issues as their projects progress. We wish them a warm welcome (GUNS UP!).
Kingston Lab 2014: Back, left to right, Joe Chun-Chia Huang, Marina Fisher-Phelps, Macy Madden, Iroro Tanshi. Front, Kendra Phelps, Juliana Senawi, Tigga Kingston, Ain Elias, Colleen Martin
Well done to Joe in securing a travel grant to go toward the cost of attending the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation meeting in Cairns this month. He will be giving a talk entitled “ROOSTING AND TROPHIC ENSEMBLES OF BATS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY TO COFFEE AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA”. We look forward to hearing more about the meeting, as the only representative from the lab going.