3rd International Berlin Bat Meeting and Max Planck Institute

Tigga had a great time at the 3rd International Berlin Bat Meeting: Bats in the Anthropocene, where she opened the session on education and outreach with a plenary talk entitled “From research to outreach: integrative approaches and a call to arms” which was well received. The conference was a great success — congratulations to the organizers Christian Voigt and Ana G. Popa-Lisseanu.

Tigga at the conference banquet in the famous dinosaur hall of the Museum of Natural History in Berlin.

Tigga at the conference banquet in the famous dinosaur hall of the Museum of Natural History in Berlin.

She then went on to give a seminar (“Bat Diversity and Conservation in SE Asia”) at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, hosted by Daniela Schmieder of the late Bjoern Siemers’ Sensory Ecology Group. It was a marvelous trip all round!


Texas Society of Mammalogists Meeting

Last weekend, Maria and Marina went to the Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) annual meeting in Junction, TX. Marina presented a poster entitled “Comparing three bat acoustic sampling methodologies for large-scale surveys” and she got great comments and feedback from researchers actively pursuing bat surveys in various states. Maria was a judge for the TSM oral presentation and Packard (overall best oral presentation) awards. At this meeting Molly McDonough (from Baker’s lab) won the overall best presentation award for a paper on African rodents entitled “Phylogenetic relationships of southern African rodents of the genus Gerbilliscus (Muridae: Gerbillinae).


NASBR 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tigga, Marina and Maria had a great time at NASBR during the last week of October. Tigga gave a talk entitled “The Role of Extreme Bandwidths in Frequency-modulated Echolocation Calls: A Tribute to Björn Siemers” in the acoustics session, which also featured a paper that Maria was a co-author on “Acoustic Behavior at Roosts of Two Distantly Related Disc-Winged Bats” (speaker was Karina Montero), and Marina’s poster “Comparing Three Bat Acoustic Sampling Methodologies for Large-scale Surveys” was very well received. Liz Siles from the Baker lab presented an oral paper in the student award section”New Insights on the Phylogenetic Diversity within the Genus Micronycteris (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)” (so had 15 whole minutes!!).

Tigga went on a slightly disappointing quest one evening to see Noctilio up close  – it rained :0( – and I’m really sorry but Eptesicus fuscus just isn’t much of a substitute. However it was interesting to learn about the NOCTILIO project – an education research initiative. Keep up the great work!

The next meeting is combined with IBRC and is in Costa Rica (hurray!– Maria as to find me an Ectophylla alba – I still haven’t seen one).

EEB Seminar & SEJ

A busy week for the lab — Maria gave an excellent presentation to the TTU Ecology Behavior and Evolution seminar series on Wednesday entitled “Understanding Ecological Effects on Social Behavior: Insights From Tent-roosting Bats”.  A summary of her PhD research which exemplified the integration of ecology, behavior and genetic approaches at levels that ranged from social groups to the entire phylogeny. Didn’t hurt that she had Ectophylla alba photos!

Tigga, Marina and Kaitlan had fun on the trip with the Society of Environmental Journalists down to Carlsbad Caverns, and Tigga was then a speaker at the Lunch round-table session on Thursday, leading a discussion on “Bats and humans – is there a future?”

Tigga, Maria and Marina are off to Puerto Rico for the NASBR next week.

Joining in with Society of Environmental Journalists Conference

The SEJ’s 22nd Annual Conference will be in Lubbock this week, and Tigga, Marina and Kaitlin will be guest-starring in their ” From Stones to the Stars at Carlsbad Caverns” tour on the Thursday. Tigga will be a speaker for one of their “Network Lunches” on the Friday, for a table discussing bat conservation issues (although if they don’t change the current proposed title, I’ll back out!).

3rd International Berlin Bat Meeting: Bats in the Anthropocene, 1-3 March 2013

This should be a great meeting, focusing on the response of bats to human activities in this age of the Anthropocene. Tigga will be giving a plenary on approaches that integrate research with public outreach and education, and there are great sessions on bats in disturbed habitats, bats and urbanization, bats and EIDs, bats and wind energy, and ecosystem services of bats

The call for abstracts and details of the program can be found here.