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.