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Science Advisory Committee

Dr. Nancy Simmons

Science Advisory Committee Board Liaison

New York, USA
Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Mammalogy and Professor in the Richard Guilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Simmons is an expert in taxonomy and systematics of bats. Author of the authoritative “Chiroptera” chapter in Mammal Species of the World, she maintains an ever-updated list of valid bat species of the world including their geographic ranges and recognized subspecies. Dr. Simmons has authored numerous papers on bat phylogenetics and evolution, and in 2008 she was awarded the Gerrit S. Miller Award from the North American Society for Bat Research for outstanding contributions in the field of chiropteran biology. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU), and is also a member of IUCN Bat Specialist Group of Species Survival Commission.


Knoxville, Tennessee
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, James R. Cox Professor, University of Tennessee. Former department head, educator and researcher. Trustee, Bat Conservation International. Advisory Board Member, Lubee Bat Conservancy, Selah Bamburger Ranch Preserve. Published extensively on topics related to the ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation of bats.

Dr. Liliana M. Dávalos

New York, USA
Professor of Conservation Biology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Dávalos is an expert in biodiversity conservation and genomics. She is a 2012 National Academies of Sciences Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, a 2013 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow for outstanding early career. She has advised the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime on deforestation since 2007. She is a coauthor of the 2016 UNODC World Drug Report.

Dr. Danilo Russo

Naples, Italy
Associate Professor of Ecology at University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Danilo’s work focuses on bat ecology, behaviour and evolutionary biology, and often involves the development of conservation strategies. Danilo has authored > 110 articles in internationally respected scientific journals. He is currently the vice-chair of EUROBATS Advisory Committee; one of the European Food Safety Authority experts in a working group on bats and pesticides; the main proposer of a EU-funded COST Action on bats and climate change; and the editor-in-chief of the top-ranking zoological journal Mammal Review.

Dr. Tigga Kingston

Texas, USA
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. Kingston is an expert in conservation biology and community ecology of paleotropical bats. She started the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU) and is the co-chair of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group. She has authored numerous publications on bat ecology and conservation in Asia and is the co-editor of Bats in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Stuart Parsons

Brisbane, Australia
Professor and Head of the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Stuart is a zoologist with research interests in the broad areas of bioacoustics and behavioural ecology, with current research focused on acoustic identification of bats, mating systems, foraging ecology and understanding the spatial predictors of bat distributions. He is a member if the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bat Specialist Group and the extended executive of the Australasian Bat Society. Stuart also consults for both government and industry on large infrastructure developments such as dams, highways and wind farms.

Dr. Paul A Racey

Cadgwith, England
Regius Professor of Natural History (Emeritus), University of Aberdeen. Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Exeter in Cornwall. Founding Chair, Bat Conservation Trust. Former Chair and Co-Chair, IUCN Bat Specialist Group. Advisory Board Member, Lubee Bat Conservancy. Trustee, Harrison Institute. His main interests are in mammalian reproductive biology and the ecology and conservation biology of bats. Over half of his 50 PhD students worked on bats and he has authored and co-authored 350 publications.


Dr. Paul Webala

Maasai Mara, Narok, Kenya
Senior Lecturer of Wildlife Biology at Maasai Mara University, Kenya. Dr. Webala is currently the Chair of Bat Conservation Africa. He uses bats as a focal group to understand and interrogate processes that drive rarity and abundance of mammals in natural, and human-dominated, environments. He is primarily a community ecologist, although his research addresses a variety of important questions for improving bat conservation in Africa. His research also spans several subfields of biology, as his work examines behavioral, ecological and systematic/ taxonomic questions. He has authored a number of publications on bat ecology, taxonomy and conservation.


Dr. Luis F. Aguirre

Jordan, Bolivia
Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Genetics (CBG) from the Sciencie and Technology Faculty at Universidad Mayor de San Simón. Dr. Aguirre is the founder and coordinator for the Bolivian Program for Bat Conservation, co-founded of the Latin American Network for the Conservation of Bats (RELCOM), and co-founder of the Latin American Network of Mammals. He is also a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bat Specialist Group and Bolivian Association of Mammalian Researchers. He has written and co-authored > 100 scientific articles in magazines and books, and published author and co-author of 13 books and guides. Awarded the 2004 Development Cooperation Award (Kingdom of Belgium), the 2005 Conservation Leadership Award (Wildlife Trust), the Oliver P. Pearson Award (2006, American Society of Mammalogists, the 2007 Whitley Award granted (Whitley Fund for Nature) and the 2012 Lazaro Spallanzani Award (North American Symposium on Bat Research, NASBR).


Dr. Sara Bumrungsri

Songkhla, Thailand
Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Prince of Songkla University. Dr. Bumrungsri focuses on ecosystem services of fruit- and insect-eating bats. He has done a number of studies on pollination in mangroves and farmland. He has also found that bats play a significant role in pest control agents in rice paddy fields. He has received the outstanding young lecturer award for both the science faculty and university. 2010 Lazaro Spallanzani Award (NASBR).

Dr. Kate Jones (Emeritus - 2016)

London, England
Professorial Chair of Ecology and Biodiversity jointly at University College London and The Zoological Society of London. Dr. Jones is a biodiversity scientist with an interest in understanding how biodiversity is maintained and conserved globally. Her research program explores the evolution, diversification and extinction of bats and how best to conserve them. She won the Philip Leverhulme Award in 2008 for Outstanding Contributions to Zoology and is also the past Chair of The Bat Conservation Trust.

Dr. Rodrigo Medellín (Emeritus – 2018)

Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Professor at the Institute of Ecology UNAM. Dr. Rodrigo Medellín has dedicated his life to the study and conservation of bats and other mammals. He has directed many dissertations and produced over 200 publications with projects or students in 12 countries of all five continents. His research seeks to inform and orient policy and decision-making in conservation. Past President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2013-2015). For ten years he represented North America in CITES and is advisor to the Mexican Federal Government on wildlife issues. Rodrigo is Co-Chair of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group and created the Latin American Bat Research Network (RELCOM). He has received several awards such as the National Conservation Award, Rolex Award for Enterprise, Whitley Gold Award and others. In 2014 the BBC produced a multi-awarded film on his life and work, entitled The Bat Man of Mexico.

Dr. Thomas J. O’Shea (Emeritus – 2018)

Colorado, USA
Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center. Tom has conducted research on bats and other mammals in the U.S., Africa, South and Central America, Oceania, and Asia, and is the author or co-author of about 140 scientific publications and books. He was formerly a research scientist and administrator with agencies within the U.S. Department of the Interior. His research on bats emphasizes natural history, population biology, diseases, conservation, and environmental contaminants.

Dr. Charles Rupprecht (Emeritus – 2018)

Georgia, USA
CEO of Lyssa LLC. Dr. Rupprecht currently serves as a full time consultant with academia, government, industry and NGOs on viral disease detection, prevention and control. He is also the Expert Technical Advisor on rabies for the PAHO/WHO. Former Chief of of the Rabies Program at the Center for Disease Control for nearly 20 years (1993-2012). Over 350 scientific peer-review publications on wildlife (including bat) disease.

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