Science Advisory Committee


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. 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. 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 - 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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Updated January 2017

The salary of the Executive Director is determined by the Executive Committee of BCI’s Board of Directors, which is chaired by the Chair of the Board. In setting the salary the Committee takes into consideration the salaries of the leaders of other nonprofits with a similar mission and of similar size. The organizations to be used for comparison purposes are approved by the Executive Committee and the data is obtained from the 990s of the selected organizations. Salary survey data is also used if available. The Executive Director’s salary is periodically reviewed, usually annually.

Mission & Vision

"The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet."

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.

  • Identify, prioritize and begin conserving the world’s most “Significant Bat Areas."
  • Respond strategically to broad, irreversible threats that impact bats at multiple locations around the world.
  • Build a global network of conservation biologists, NGOs, corporations, public agencies, local communities and regional bat scientific networks to address global issues impacting bat species.
  • Create the first actionable global bat inventory and conservation database.
  • Empower the next generation of bat conservationists and scientists through strategically targeted scholarships and grants.
  • Stimulate research on the most pressing scientific questions relating to the lasting protection and value of all bat species.
  • Work throughout the world to develop the public policy frameworks needed to safeguard bats.
  • Educate key communities and the public at large on the importance of bats, raising their profile as an order of mammals worthy of concerted attention and action.

Our Approach

Bat Conservation International is dedicated to finding “win-win” solutions, benefiting bats and people, to secure the future of the world’s 1,300+ bat species in the midst of today’s unprecedented threats and challenges. Our approach is multi-dimensional, utilizing science to drive conservation action, focusing on local capacity building and education to ensure the sustainability of our work around the globe, investing in policy and legislative frameworks to institutionalize bat conservation practices and awareness, and developing effective marketing campaigns to expand our membership and support base. Simultaneously, BCI will continue to invest in its own organizational framework and capacity so that its employees, volunteers, and partners are well equipped to take the proactive steps necessary to achieve our mission.

To maximize its conservation impact, BCI is focused on ten critical conservation strategies:

1. Accelerate Scientific Research

Large gaps in our knowledge of the location and range, population, habitat requirements, ecology and threats for each species of bat persist, with 30 percent of all bat species considered especially “data deficient” by scientists. BCI will partner with Washington DC-based NatureServe and many others to create a global inventory of the location, population size and stability of bat species that allows BCI and others to set increasingly objective priorities for protecting bat species. BCI and its partners will also help populate the growing DNA and acoustic databases for bats and expand its Global Grassroots Grants program and other efforts to answer questions essential to bats’ lasting conservation.

2. Prevent Extinctions

BCI will work with multiple partners at all levels of society to identify threatened and range-restricted species of bats, especially those listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and move quickly to halt their decline.

3. Protect Intact Areas with Highly Diverse Bat Communities

BCI will seek out opportunities to leverage its conservation impact by identifying and protecting landscapes of high ecological integrity with high bat species diversity.

4. Preserve Mega-Populations of Bats

Bats’ importance to their ecosystems is difficult to overstate. This is particularly true where bat populations number in the many millions, as with Mexican free-tailed bats in the Texas Hill Country and straw-colored fruit bat colonies in Africa. The ecosystem services provided by these mega-populations are profound and if lost, would have serious consequences for agriculture, forestry and ecosystem health. Such populations also hold significant potential for educating the public. BCI will identify and protect mega-populations of bats wherever they are found, including areas containing a high percentage of the total population of individual bat species (major hibernacula, roosting colonies, migratory concentrations, etc.).

5. Forge Global and Regional Strategies and Partnerships

Arresting and reversing the decline of bats requires an integrated global effort. BCI will forge partnerships with myriad organizations at the local, country, regional and global level, including organizations like the World Bank and other international development agencies and with the resource-extraction and energy industries to prevent the loss of habitat for priority species. BCI will also engage and work to strengthen the regional bat scientific and conservation networks with the long-term goal of building a unified global bat federation.

6. Address Threats Impacting Multiple Species at Multiple Sites

White-Nose Syndrome and wind energy facilities are two of several serious threats affecting multiple species of bats across large portions of the world. BCI will work at scale to proactively develop strategies for minimizing such threats.

7. Promote Community-Based Conservation of Bats

Conservation is ultimately local. BCI will partner with and help strengthen the ability of local organizations and communities to protect globally threatened bat species and Significant Bat Areas. Much of BCI’s education and marketing will take place at the community level.

8. Create and Help Enforce Legal and Policy Frameworks

Outside of Western Europe, bats have few legal protections and are classified as vermin in some countries. BCI will build public understanding and support for bats and work to create greater regulatory and legal safeguards in the places we work, with the long-term goal of creating an international bat conservation treaty.

9. Help Develop and Perfect Important Technologies

BCI will help identify needed technologies and work with the scientific community and the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to develop and perfect them. These would include GPS transmitters to track small insectivorous bats across large landscapes or in migration; perfection of acoustic bat deterrents for wind turbines; and consumer-friendly bat detection and identification devices.

10. Invest in Tomorrow’s Conservation Leadership

One of BCI’s greatest impacts has been its support of promising students and young scientists who have since emerged as leaders in the study and conservation of bats. BCI will expand its scholarship program and launch new initiatives to create and support a new generation of talented young researchers and conservationists dedicated to the lasting survival of the world’s 1300+ species of bats.


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