Touseef Presents Poster on Future Directions for One Health Research at 7th World One Health Congress 2022 in Singapore

Touseef posed in front of his poster titled “Future directions for One Health Research; Regional and Sectoral Gaps

A competitive Travel Award by the Congress Organizing Committee enabled Touseef to attend the 7th World One Health Congress in Singapore to present his research “Future directions for One Health Research: Regional and Sectoral Gaps”. The concept of One Health highlights the important inter-relationships between health and well-being of people, animals, plants, and the environment which supports their existence. However, implementation of a One Health approach varies considerably between different geographical regions and remains challenging to implement without greater inclusivity of different disciplinary capacity and expertise. Identifying regional and sectoral gaps will help achieve One Health research parity.

Geographic distribution of One Health research. Comparison of abstract distributions from 1st and 6th World One Health Congress based on study sites, affiliation of corresponding authors, and international collaborations. Contributions to international collaborations were calculated as the difference between the number of studies conducted in the country and the number of corresponding author affiliations from the country. Negative and positive values indicate sink (received collaboration) and source (extended collaboration) of One Health research. Source countries such as US and UK for the 1st and 6th WOHC are indicated by yellowish green color while sink countries such as India and Pakistan for both Conferences are indicated by dark blue color. Check out our interactive web maps here!

Congratulations to Touseef—One Health poster wins award at the World Microbe Forum

We are excited to share that Touseef’s poster entitled “Regional and Intersectional Gaps in One Health Research: Future Directions” has won an Outstanding Student Poster Award at the World Microbe Forum, the world’s leading platform for microbiologists. This award is presented jointly by American Society for Microbiologist (ASM) and Federation of European Microbiologist Societies (FEMS). One of only fourteen winners (out of over three thousand submissions), Touseef will present the poster this week in a special session for award winners.

Congratulations to Iroro – a prize winning week!

A great week for Iroro! First she won the Karl Koopman Award for a Student Oral presentation at the 49th North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) meeting in Kalamazoo. Her talk was entitled “Competitors Versus Filters: Drivers of non-random Structure in Forest Interior Insectivorous Bat Assemblages along Elevational Gradients”.

Icing on the cake came from placing third in TTU’s “Three-Minute Thesis” competition

Kingston Lab at IBRC 2016

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!

Well done Marina — Presentation Prize Winner at Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium

Congratulations to Marina for  being award the joint First Prize for an oral presentation in Ecology at this year’s TTABS. Her presentation was entitled “Spatial Clustering and Bias in Southeast Asian Bat Sampling Localities”. Cody McIntire did a great job presenting in the Undergraduate Category “The Diversity of Distress Vocalization of Old World Tropical Bats” and Iroro closed out the day with “High Roost Fidelity of Hammer-headed Fruit bats, Hypsignathus monstrosus, Utilizing a Man-Made Day Roost in Southern Nigeria.

ATBC Travel Award for Joe :-)

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.

Kendra and Maria at ASM

Kendra and Maria attended the 94th American Society of Mammalogist meeting earlier this month in Oklahoma City, OK. Kendra presented findings from her dissertation research regarding drivers of cave bat diversity and how those drivers can be used in making conservation decisions. The presentation was titled ” Anthropogenic and Environmental Factors Influencing Cave Bat Diversity in the Philippines: Implications for Conservation Agendas” and was co-authored with her collaborators, Dr. Marina Labonite and Reizl Jose, in the Philippines. It was received well and sparked some interesting conversations about conserving cave bats globally and developing criteria to identify priority caves to conserve cave bat populations. Kendra’s talk was preceded by Maria’s entitled “Roost Specialization Increases Extinction Risk in Bats” (with Gloriana Chaverri). The two papers were a great fit, as Maria’s analysis highlights the vulnerability of cave bats to disturbance.

Nick and Joe’s presentations

The end of last month brought a couple of presentations. Nick attended the 2014 CFLRP (Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project) “All Hands” meeting in Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, March 27th.  People from multiple agencies were there along with members of the public to discuss the status of the restoration of the southwest Jemez Mountains after the Las Conchas Wildfire of 2011.   The title of Nick’s talk was “Impacts of the Las Conchas Wildfire on bat activity”.

That weekend, Joe presented at the 5th Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium, giving a talk entitled “Roost Ensembles of Insectivorous Bats Differ in Response to Coffee Agriculture in Southeast Asia”.

Both talks were well received — great job guys!


Kingston Lab at the 16th IBRC and 43rd NASBR meeting

The lab had a great time earlier this month at the 16th IBRC in Costa Rica. Tigga convened a symposium with Richard Stevens entitled “Frontiers in Bat Assemblage Ecology: Novel Perspectives from the Old and New World” and gave a paper in the session (“Spatial analysis of species interactions in diverse assemblages”) as did Maria (“Detection and Characterization of Bat Hotspots: a Fusion Test of Local Spatial Autocorrelation”). Tigga was also involved “Building a Global Network for Bat Conservation Symposium” organized by BCI, with a paper presented by Tammy Mildenstein on the SEABCRU (“The Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit: regional bat conservation exceeding the sum of its parts”)

Julie (“Beyond Size: morphological predictors of bite force in a diverse insectivorous bat assemblage from Malaysia”), Ain (“The interplay between weather and reproduction in three cave-dwelling insectivorous bats in a Malaysian tropical rainforest”) and Joe (“Is bat coffee a potential “wing-wing” tool for biodiversity conservation in Southwestern Sumatra?”) entered the student competition with their presentations and congratulations to Joe on winning the Avinet Award!!  Kendra (“Conserving bats in the Philippines: assessing the impact of cave disturbance on bat assemblages”) and Marina (“Mobile transects are more effective at detecting bat passes than stationary points in low bat density landscapes”) both presented in the Ecological Monitoring symposium, and Colleen had a poster entitled “Effectiveness of Operational Mitigation in Reducing Bat Fatalities at the Sheffield Wind Facility, Vermont”.  Nick got his first exposure to bat nerds en masse — this was the largest IBRC so far with 650 people.

Other presenters from Dept of Biological Sciences at Tech were: Liz Siles, Cibele Sotero-Caio, Caleb Philips from Dr Baker’s lab, and Dr Carl Phillips.

The lab is very grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Biological Sciences for financial assistance for the grad students’ travel.

From left to right - Colleen, Marina, Kendra, Joe, Julie, Nick, Tigga, Ain

From left to right – Colleen, Marina, Kendra, Joe, Julie, Nick, Tigga, Ain


Texas Tech at IBRC

Texas Tech at IBRC

Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium – congrats to Joe

Last weekend was the Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium. Julie, Ain and Joe all gave oral presentations. Joe won the Warren Ballard Award for best oral presentation in the Resource Management and Conservation session for his paper entitled “The ecology and potential value of bat coffee in biodiversity conservation in southwestern Sumatra”. Well done Joe! Maria and Julie both served as judges. It was a super event, and it was delightful to have Dr Richard Stevens return to Tech to give the plenary talk.