Kendra’s first dissertation pub in September’s Biological Conservation

The first publication from Kendra’s dissertation came out online in July, but it is out this month in the September issue of Biological Conservation.

Phelps, K., Jose, R., Labonite, M., & Kingston, T. (2016). Correlates of cave-roosting bat diversity as an effective tool to identify priority caves. Biological Conservation, 201, 201-209.

She and her team surveyed no less than 60 caves on Bohol Island, Philippines — a lot of hard work. Here are the highlights:

  • Correlates of cave bat diversity were used to develop cave – prioritization schemes.
  • Surface-level disturbance and cave complexity correlated with bat diversity.
  • Prioritization schemes selected caves with greater richness than random selection.
  • Open-source data and/or rapid cave surveys can prioritize caves for conservation.

 

Congratulations Dr Phelps!

Kendra successfully defended last Wednesday — yay! Her dissertation title is “Response of Cave-roosting Bats to Complex Environmental Gradients: an Assessment across Assemblage-, Species- and Population-levels”. The first chapter is in revision for Biological Conservation, which is great. Thanks to her committee members Nancy McIntyre, Bill Resetarits, Jodi Sedlock, Rich Strauss for their service and support of Kendra. Thanks also to Richard Stevens for acting as Dean’s Rep.

Bats in the Anthropocene – published this week

Very happy to say that “Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World” was published this week. The book was edited by Christian Voigt and Tigga, and published by Springer International AG. Because of generous support from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, EUROBATS and SEABCRU, the book is published as Open Access and can be downloaded here

The lab was well-represented in the book, with two core chapters contributed by Tigga, as well as the introduction. Kendra Phelps was a co-author for the chapter “Bats and Buildings: The Conservation of Synanthropic Bats”, Marina Fisher-Phelps for “Bats and Water: Anthropogenic Alterations Threaten Global Bat Populations” and Iroro Tanshi “Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine”.

With 18 chapters it is a great contribution to the bat conservation literature, and in fact the first edited volume that deals solely with conservation of bats.

Congratulations Dr Ain!!

Congratulations to Ain on her successful defense today! Her dissertation is entitled “The Influence of Roosting Ecology and Insect Resources on the Reproductive Phenology of Malaysian Rainforest Insectivorous Bats”

Thank you to all her committee: Drs Rich Strauss,  Nancy McIntyre Ken Schmidt, Jim Carr and to Caleb Phillips our Dean’s Rep.

Congratulations to Joe on a successful defense

Well done to Joe, who successfully defended his dissertation yesterday. His dissertation is titled ” Diversity and Conservation of Bats in a Coffee-forest Landscape in Sumatra, Indonesia”

Thank you to all his committee: Drs Rich Strauss, Dylan Schwilk, Nancy McIntyre and Stacy Philpott, and to Richard Stevens our Dean’s Rep. A special thank you to Stacy for doing coming all the way in from UC Santa Cruz and giving a departmental seminar (which was great).