2014 BCI Student Research Scholarship Program
Each year, BCI awards scholarships to help students at universities around the world conduct conservation-relevant research. The goal of this program is to support exceptionally talented students in research initiatives that will contribute the new knowledge that is essential to conserving bats and the ecosystems they serve worldwide.
The maximum one-year award per student is $5,000. We hope that these funds will open opportunities for matching grants from other conservation organizations, government agencies and private foundations, and that BCI's support will grow in years to come.
Applications are now being accepted for 2014 BCI Scholarships. The deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2013
General Scholarship Information
We congratulate the winners of the 2013 BCI Student Research Scholarships and gratefully recognize the generous donors whose support made them possible:
U.S. Forest Service International Programs
Bol a Anong Alima Gibering (University of Maroua, Cameroon): Investigation of the diet of three insectivorous bats in the Sahelian zone of northern Cameroon
Yara Azofeifa (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela): Consumption of pest insects and intake of pesticides by insectivorous bats associated with two agricultural systems, Venezuela
Daniel Becker (University of Georgia, United States): Resource shifts and rabies control: implications for bat conservation and ecosystem services, Peru
Julio Cesar Bracamonte (Jujuy National University, Argentina): Roosting, feeding ecology and habitat use of vulnerable Phylostomid bats species in ArgentinaKatherine Cleary (University of Idaho, United States): Landscape genetics of frugivorous bats in a human-dominated tropical landscape, Costa Rica
Liz Huamani (Universidad Nacional de Piura, Peru): Economic value of insectivorous bats as primary predators of agricultural pests in organic and conventional banana crops, Peru.
Adria Lopez Baucells (Universidade de Lisboa, Spain): Quantifying edge effects on aerial insectivorous bats in the Central Amazon, Brazil
Rogers Makau (University of Nairobi, Kenya): The effects of seed dispersal by straw-colored fruit bats on germination and distribution of Psidium guavaja in Western Kenya.
Jeremy Shipley (Cornell University, United States): Flight, seeds and disease: The relationship between fragmentation, succession and disease reservoirs in Bornean bats and birds, Malaysia
David Wechuli (Chepkoilel University College, Kenya): Bat species diversity and distribution along a gradient of disturbance at the Lake Baringo National Reserve, Kenya
Leo Model Foundation
Christine Avena (University of Colorado-Boulder, United States): To the bat cave: Unraveling environmental influences on bat symbionts, United States
Rachel Eguren (Oklahoma State University, United States): Community structure, population demographics and biomarkers from Tar Creek Superfund Site, United States
Joseph Hoyt (University of California-Santa Cruz, United States): The role of beneficial bacteria in protecting bats from White-nose Syndrome, United States
Jessica Welch (University of Tennessee, United States): Effects of invasive species on an endemic island bat, Mariana Islands
BCI Members & Supporters
Jessie Bunkley (Boise State University, United States): Predator-prey interactions in a louder world: Does anthropogenic noise alter bat assemblages and their arthropod prey? United States
Gillian Dennis (Massey University, Turitea Campus, New Zealand): Non-target mass mortality of New Zealand lesser short-tailed bats caused by diphacinone toxicity, New Zealand
Alona Gukasova (Karazin Kharkov National University, Ukraine): Monitoring of summer bat populations in native woodlands of Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine
Jennifer Krauel (University of Tennessee, United States): Identifying insect communities fueling bat migration in an agriculturally important area, United States
Rachel Shively (University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Alaska): Bat diet and habitat in interior Alaska