Several of the lab were able to make it to the 17th International Bat Research Conference in South Africa at the end of July/August. It was a great meeting. Iroro presented on her first full field season with an oral paper “Preliminary data on the distribution of insectivorous forest bats along elevational gradients in the Nigerian/Cameroon mountains”, and Kendra summarized her recent work “Correlates of cave-roosting bat diversity as an effective tool to identify priority caves”. Tigga gave a Plenary talk “Perish or persist? The ecology of vulnerability in Southeast Asia’s modified landscapes”
Tigga and Iroro then headed to the 5-day Bat Conservation Africa Workshop for young African researchers that Iroro had organized. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the young talent of the continent, and share experiences. Iroro did a great job pulling it all together!
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.
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 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.
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).
An edited version of Iroro’s interview with BCI for the Women in Bat Conservation series from March was published in this edition of BATS magazine – great stuff.