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Science Advisory Committee

Dr. Gary F McCracken

Science Advisory Committee Board Liaison

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. Tigga Kingston

Lubbock, 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. Rodrigo Medellín

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

Glen Haven, 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. 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. Charles Rupprecht

Atlanta, 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.

Dr. Nancy Simmons

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.

Dr. Kate Jones (Emeritus)

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.

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