Laura Torrent (pre-2020)

Since its founding in 1982, BCI has supported hundreds of university students and aspiring conservationists globally. Our annual Student Research Scholars program grows the global capacity for bat research by providing opportunities for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to expand their bat research experience, emphasizing that research is key for evidence-based conservation. We come together with BCI Student Scholars to grow their professional network and build a connected community of bat researchers and conservationists.

Objectives

Improve scientific knowledge to aid conservation on threatened and data-deficient bats
Increase research capacity and efforts for bat conservation worldwide
Contribute evidence for conservation interventions to protect bat species

Building a community of bat researchers

We encourage and support student researchers who incorporate community engagement, training, and mentoring opportunities as part of their research projects. However, BCI does not support projects that use unpaid technicians. Learn more about our Policy on Fair and Inclusive Training Opportunities for Student Scholars.

 

Distinct Honors

BCI bestows annual special recognition to Student Scholars with exemplary work and impacts through five distinctions:

HONORS

  • Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor: an annual award to a student who inspires education and community action to protect bats worldwide and address critical conservation needs. This recognition comes with an additional $500.
  • Thomas H. Kunz Innovation in Bat Research Honor: BCI offers this Honor to recognize the many contributions of Dr. Tom Kunz to the field of bat ecology and conservation. Dr. Thomas H. Kunz dedicated his productive career to the ecology and conservation of bats. He inspired, mentored, and encouraged a generation of scientists around the world to pursue the study and conservation of bat species. The Thomas H. Kunz Bat Conservation Honor will be awarded to a student scholar applicant whose proposed research project uses innovative approaches to bat conservation research.

AWARDS

  • Women in Science Award: to a student identifying as a woman who demonstrates a commitment to advancing women in science, which can be demonstrated through an initiative to support other women in science or their personal development. Eligibility is restricted to women from the Global South. This recognition comes with additional support for the woman’s professional development or proposed initiative up to $500 USD.
  • Equitable Conservation Award: to a student(s) who includes a component in their proposal to promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation science. This award may come with additional support for the proposed program, up to $500 USD.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Conservation Evidence Special Recognition: an additional recognition to scholarship awardees who test the effectiveness of a conservation intervention or action. Learn more about Conservation Evidence and the need for more research into the effectiveness of conservation actions here.

Growing the global capacity for bat research

  • Providing financial support and professional development to graduate students to help further their educational and career goals.
  • Student researchers share their findings on bat ecology with their local communities, which improves understanding of the vital role bats play in the ecosystem.
  • Supporting students with their targeted research activities, reinforcing the need for evidence-based research in conservation.
  • Students study bats in countries where critical information to support conservation is limited.

 

Our Reach & Impact

77
Countries Served
379
Student Scholars Funded
$1.37
Million Awarded

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MEET THE SCHOLARS

Pablo Aycart Lazo

Local and landscape effects on bat diet and pest control in Amazonian cacao agroforestry systems

Bats are known to be great controllers of agricultural pests and to increase crop yield in tropical cacao agroforestry systems. Several studies have shown that bat diversity and ecosystem services in these agricultural areas vary depending on local and landscape factors. However, little research has been done on bat-arthropod trophic relationships in cacao agroforestry systems and the influence of local and landscape factors on bat diet. By sampling bat diversity in 16 cacao agroforestry systems in Peru and collecting bat fecal and hair samples, I aim for the first time in Western Amazon to characterize short and long-term diets of different bat species in order to 1) identify bat prey using metabarcoding techniques, 2) analyze possible shifts in bat diet depending on local and landscape factors and 3) identify local and landscape conditions that promote bat conservation and ecosystem services. The information resulting from this project will allow us to have a better understanding of bat biocontrol services and to co-develop, together with cacao farmers, management recommendations to enhance bat diversity and ecosystem services through ecological intensification techniques.

Carlos Alberto Barrera

Ignoring cryptic diversity is affecting conservation opportunities? Reevaluating the case of Bauerus dubiaquercus

To assess the conservation need for methods to determine cryptic diversity, we will evaluate the possibility of the existence of a cryptic species complex for the Vespertilionid insectivorous bat Bauerus dubiaquercus, an under-studied species that needs research for their life history, ecology, and possible threats according to IUCN. B. dubiaquercus occurs in some protected areas, such as the Tres Islas Marías, a geographical complex separated from the continent by at least 130 kilometers, that has been decisive for the development of some endemic species. However, it has been recently opened to tourism by the Mexican government.

For the development of this project, we will collect wing tissue from individuals captured through mist nets along the geographical distribution in Mexico and Central America to extract DNA sequences. We will record echolocation calls during this field work. Also, it will be necessary to revise scientific collections for the complementation of tissue samples and the revision of skulls from the rest of the geographical distribution.

To accomplish the research goals, we will use three lines of evidence. A) Genetic diversity and species delimitation though the use of mitochondrial CytB and COI and nuclear RAG1 and RAG2 genes. B) Develop of a principal component analysis and a disparity analysis using multivariate statistical on geometric morphometrics of skulls. C) Bioacustic analysis of the parameters of the search-phase calls. The determination of this cryptic complex could mean the establishment of a new endemic species to Mexico or central America.

Millicent Bungei

Prioritizing Underground Roosts for Bats of Kenya

Bats constitute more than 25% of Kenya’s >400 mammal species and are essential for pollinating plants, spreading seeds, and controlling insect pests. In Kenya, bats are a relatively understudied group. For example, little is known about the biogeography of the diverse bat community, particularly the important cave roosts. In addition, a lot of cave ecosystems are still poorly studied, unprotected, and it is unclear how susceptible they are to disturbance and degradation from humans. In order to identify the bat caves most at risk and establish priorities for efficient cave conservation, this study will map and assess the conservation priorities of a subset of Kenya’s underground bat roosts using the Bat Cave Vulnerability Index (BCVI). The identification of bat caves for conservation priorities and mitigation of measures to save endangered species can be done efficiently and practically with the help of a BCVI.

Mahalakshmi Chelladurai

Conserving cave-dwelling endangered Hipposideros pomona with community participation in the Western Ghats, India

Bat conservation efforts are imperative in preventing their extinction, mitigating the substantial threats they face, and protecting their roosting habitat. The study aims to conserve Hipposideros pomona (Andersen’s Roundleaf Bat), one of the least studied bat species restricted to the montane rain forests of the Southern Western Ghats, India, and currently evaluated as endangered by the IUCN. The species is imperiled due to habitat modification and human encroachment, causing a persistent decline in the population and suitable subterranean habitats in the Western Ghats; moreover, the species has been reported from less than 10 sites so far.

The project follows non-invasive bat acoustic techniques to monitor the population size, roosting habitat, and time-activity patterns of H. pomona. We also follow standard KAP (Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices) protocol to understand people’s perspectives on bat conservation in its known distributional ranges. The project also focuses on mitigating the key threats and bridging the knowledge gap among stakeholders through outreach programs and workshops on bat monitoring. Finally, a species conservation plan will be developed ensuring the long-term conservation of H. pomona and its habitat.

Nithin Divakar

Developing long-term bat conservation strategies in a Nipah virus-affected Indian state through a participatory approach

The southern Indian state of Kerala has battled four Nipah outbreak instances in the last five years, along with two consecutive years of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Even though the root causes of the index cases of Nipah outbreaks are still unknown, the media portrayed bats as the reason because of the disease carrier concept and relatedness with earlier outbreaks in Malaysia and Bangladesh. Many unscientific miscommunications were circulated through mainstream media, social media platforms, and even from state policy managers. This intensified the fear and negative attitude of people toward bats, which is historically prejudiced. This negative attitude resulted in the extensive destruction of roosting habitats and the killing of bats, especially the Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus medius). The outbreak situations exposed the inadequate knowledge of stakeholders on the species; the negative attitude developed with a concern for zoonotic disease spillover and the insufficiency of local conservation strategies for bats in a geographical region where more zoonotic spillovers are predicted in the future because of changing land-use patterns. Also, studies show that 90% of the population of the mentioned species is outside the protected area and is vulnerable to many threats. Considering the current situation and potential disease spillover possibilities, this project aims to map the roosting locations of P. medius] through citizen science initiative, understand the knowledge and attitude of stakeholders in the Nipah outbreak locations towards bats in general through questionnaire surveys, and develop long-term bat conservation strategies through participatory approach.

Consolata Gitau

Monitoring land degradation and ecosystem restoration using bats as bioindicators, in Northern Maasai Mara, Kenya

Climate change, habitat loss, and fragmentation are some stressors that affect bats globally. Bats are vulnerable to these stressors, which influence their population and habitats by disrupting foraging and roosting habitats. Acoustic methods are used in bat research globally, often in conjunction with other approaches, to provide insights into bat characteristics and how they vary with the level of land degradation and restoration efforts. Despite the large bat diversity in the tropics, few acoustic studies of bats have been conducted due to the lack of call libraries for acoustic signal identification and a lack of techniques to produce meaningful acoustic statistical analysis. This multi-scale study will be conducted in the northern Maasai Mara to determine whether it is feasible to use bats as a proxy to assess the success of ecosystem restoration and to monitor the ecological consequences of land degradation. The objectives will be to i) measure bat abundance, species richness, and activity within different stages of savannah restoration and across a landscape gradient of land degradation through the use of passive acoustic monitoring and traditional bat trapping; ii) develop an ultrasonic acoustic diversity index for bat communities as a rapid biodiversity assessment tool beyond restoration projects; and iii) determine the optimal monitoring method to assess the success of ecosystem restoration and the ecological effects of land degradation by comparing acoustic and traditional bat capture methods.

Aicha Gomeh-Djame

Assessing the ‘road-effect’ on bat diversity, abundance, and functional guilds in Northwestern Congolian Lowland

Cameroon with 112 bat species is an African hotspot of bat diversity. Much of this diversity is forest-based. However, 1.84 Mha (6%) of Cameroon’s forests, including Congolian forests have been lost since 2001, especially since 2013. One of the big factors in Congolian forest degradation is road expansion. Road length (paved and unpaved roads) inside logging concessions doubled between 2003 and 2018 and annual deforestation rates within 1 km of roads greatly increased between 2000 and 2017, especially for areas around well-established paved roads. However, even though the negative effect of roads is known to be a major contributor to biodiversity loss, currently no study has addressed the effect of roads on bat populations in Congolian forest.

My project will focus on Lobéké National Park (LNP) in southeast Cameroon. It will start to quantify the impact of roads on bat diversity, relative abundance, and functional guilds in the Core Area (intact forest), the Zone of Forest Management (degraded forest), and the Community Management Area (highly modified landscape). It will be the first part of a programme to assess the impact of the ‘road-effect’ on rare, conservation dependent forest bats in LNP and determine if the results can be scaled up to predict the impact of roads at a range of spatial scales throughout the Northwestern Congolian Lowland Forest region.

Jose Luis Ladino Moreno

Insectivorous bat assemblages (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Chaco, Argentina, and their relationships with extensive livestock farming

Agricultural activity stands as a prominent driver of landscape transformation and biodiversity loss, posing a grave threat to natural ecosystems and the ecological services they provide, with direct repercussions on human well-being. The Argentine Chaco region is susceptible to the conversion of native forests into livestock pastures, extensive monoculture practices, and timber extraction. Presently, this region suffers from a significant lack of information regarding insectivorous bat assemblages, which could play a pivotal ecological role as regulators of insect populations in both natural areas and agricultural systems. Within this context, this study aims to evaluate the structure and activity patterns of insectivorous bat assemblages in the Formosa Chaco region, considering their interactions and integration within a livestock system and natural environments.

Furthermore, through the integrated study of bats assemblages and insect availability within each ecosystem, we aim to make inferences regarding the environmental services they provide through their foraging activity. To achieve this, data on bat activity patterns, landscape metrics, food availability, and diet composition will be collected during the years 2024-2026. The collection and analysis of these data will enable us to unravel the significance of the livestock system versus natural environments for insectivorous bats and how they relate to diverse habitats. Ultimately, this information will be instrumental in designating the study sites as crucial areas for bat conservation, with the aim of gaining recognition from the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Conservación de los Murciélagos (RELCOM).

Omar Machich

A dive into the forgotten bats of Morocco: ecoimmunological and ecotoxicological investigation

Background: Tahla a village undergoing massive urbanization produces tones of wastes, those wastes are burned in the Bounouass forest, generating important fumes, and toxic burn products. Bats live abundantly in that area but are not at all studied, neither under those conditions nor under other conditions, such as in the Chaara cave, located in the same region. The aim of this study is to investigates the effects of this pollution on the bats of the Bounouass forest.

Methodology: using harp and mist nets, bats are going to be captured and have their hair and blood tested for genotoxicity using the comet assay, immunotoxicity using whole blood count, blood smears and bacteria killing assay, heavy metal poisoning via ICP-MS as well as probable hyperglycemia. The Bounouass forest bats will be compared with the less endangered Chaara cave bats.
Significance and conclusion: this study will be the first ever to dive into the global health of Moroccan bats and will highlight the effects of waste incineration on this wildlife. It will also allow for the generation of real-life data that could be used to demonstrate to the authorities that the Bounouass forest and its bats need to be restored to normal ecological conditions.

Franck Patherson Meyo Okono

Effects of habitat disturbances on bat communities (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in and around the Campo-Ma’an National

In south Cameroon, Campo-Ma’an National Park (CMNP) is a protected area that has long preserved its ecological integrity, but nowadays, the magnitude of human activities recorded around, such as hunting, poaching, intensive agriculture, and a great number of industrial activities have major impact on environmental characteristics, altering bats’ natural habitats, then constitute a threat for their conservation. As one of the first and few bat research in CMNP, this study aims to investigate the effects and impacts of habitat characteristics on bat distribution.

By combining various trap methods and establishing a gradient of impacts in various habitat types, the expected results will consist of an initial bat database, echolocation library, and correlation between the distribution of bat communities with that gradient. These results will be used to identify impacts and then implement appropriate bat conservation strategies required. In addition, awareness campaigns will help popularize bats on riverside populations’ eyesight.

Phillip Oelbaum

Foraging and roosting ecology of Phyllonycteris aphylla in Jamaica

The Jamaican flower bat, Phyllonycteris aphylla, is listed as critically endangered and until now was only known from Stony Hill Cave. In March-April 2023, we surveyed seven caves throughout Jamaica, most known to have historically had colonies of P. aphylla, and at two of these sites (Green Grotto Caves and Rock Spring Caverns), we found both male and pregnant female individuals of this important species. Both new sites are substantially larger systems than Stony Hill, but with little of Green Grotto’s roosting space explored and no previous bat work being conducted at Rock Spring, relatively little is known about these communities as compared to other caves throughout Jamaica (e.g., Windsor, St. Clair Cave).

Based on observations of the Jamaican Caves Organisation, Rock Spring is believed to be one of the largest bat communities on the island, despite temperatures internally being between 23-24⁰C in all documented roosting chambers. We intend to begin a roost temperature monitoring program to better understand areas of importance within these caves to better protect them and also understand possible fluctuations in population between chambers and possible movement between caves. Furthermore, we intend to seek out new caves that P. aphylla may be present in. Collecting patagium and hair from P. aphylla and heterospecifics for stable isotope analysis will provide critical ecological data to alert us to areas of importance outside the caves and critical habitat for this species.

Patrick Randrianandrasana

Human-bat conflicts and population dynamics of cave bats in the coastal zone of southwestern Madagascar

Despite the important contribution of bats to tropical biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, as well as the threatened status of many species, conservation initiatives for Madagascar’s endemic mammals have rarely included bats, especially those of the South-West region of Madagascar. Hence, this research project involves studying how ecological needs affect the distribution and the population size of cave bats from St. Augustin to Ankililoaky in the face of anthropogenic pressures and the degradation of their habitats. This raises the question of how anthropogenic pressures affect the population dynamics of the South-West cave bats in the study area. The main goal is to study human-bat conflicts and their impacts on cave bat population dynamics.

An inventory of bats will be carried out. Samplings will be made using mist nets, harp traps, and direct captures by hand. Different morphometric parameters of the bats will be taken into account. Qualitative and quantitative surveys will be conducted along with field observations. As an outcome of this study, data on the cave bat population and their pressures in the study sites will be updated. The environmental knowledge and attitudes of the local population concerning the animals will be known. In-depth data will thus be available for the development of a theory of behavioral change needed to get the local population involved in the conservation of bats and their habitats. This information will help to determine the conservation efforts necessary, especially for declining populations.

Abby Rutrough

Can We Predict Bat Hunting Across Large Spatial Scales: Validating Spatial Structural Equation Models

Hunting is a leading threat to bat diversity worldwide, yet the modeling of the human drivers behind this behavior is still in its infancy. Here I propose to test remotely sensed models of human behavior and compare the outcome to traditional survey-based approaches. Conservation actions informed by detailed and location-specific model results will be more likely to succeed, reducing contact at the human/bat interface, which will better protect bats and people. Our modeling strategy takes advantage of already available data, allowing us to model behavior at a larger scale and more cost-effectively than a traditional survey-based SEM, making it, potentially, a large step forward for conservation.

Basanta Sharma

Tracing roots of the Himalayan bats: discovery, description, and conservation in Nepal

The Himalayan Mountains of Nepal represent an extreme latitudinal elevation gradient, providing topographic, climatic, and ecological complexity. Numerous canyons also dissect this region across longitude. This dramatic geography has fueled evolution, resulting in a biodiversity hotspot. It is undeniable that formation of these ranges and associated climatic change through time have shaped the present-day diversity and distribution of Himalayan bats. However, an understanding of existing species diversity and cryptic lineages is a critical need towards more effective conservation of a rich but understudied and highly threatened Himalayan bat fauna. This project aims to understand bat diversity through Nepal and explore how such diversity came to exist in the first place, highlighting roles of mountain ranges and deep river valleys on their diversification.

Our primary geographic focus will be the Kaligandaki Canyon, one of deepest gorges in the world. Numerous studies support it as a major geological barrier or transition zone between populations occurring in eastern and western Himalayas. We expect this canyon is also a major geological feature influencing intra-species diversity for bats distributed across the broader Himalayan region. The project will sample bats on either side of the Kaligandaki Canyon in caves and forest habitats of both tropical/sub-tropical and temperate regions in Nepal. Tissue samples of wing punches will be collected for genetic analyses, accompanied by morphometric, high-quality photographs, videos, and echolocation recordings. This study will provide critical data on a poorly understood group within a global biodiversity hotspot that can have huge future research and conservation benefits.

Amanda Vilchez

Let’s talk about bats: Citizen science for bat conservation in Peruvian rural areas

Despite their essential roles in the ecosystem as pollinators, seed dispersers, and plague controllers, bats’ roles are historically overshadowed by their link with rabies transmission and harm to cattle. Unfortunately, this negative perception is generalized to all bat species, causing human harm to bat populations with the intent of communities to control the conflict and minimize the risk of rabies transmission and economic loss. These issues are accentuated in countries such as Peru, where the limited government budget restricts the implementation of successful solutions for attending to community conflicts.
We propose a potential solution based on cooperation between non-scientists and scientists. This proposal is citizen science research that seeks to improve human health, bat community, and ecosystem services through a cooperative national sampling of bats’ distribution in Peru’s rural areas. This study considers non-scientists participation in obtaining information about bat species and their presence using acoustic methods. As a result of their participation in the study and systematic conversations with scientists, we expect to encourage positive perceptions of bats in the community, decrease negative interactions with them, and diminish the risk of direct contact. Simultaneously, bat distribution information obtained by non-scientist participation will be relevant to future bat conservation measures around Peru.
As a result, this study will reduce the possibility of virus transmissions from bats attacks due to reduced negative interactions between bats and human beings. We will use the biological information obtained to articulate a faster response from the authorities in the area.

Angélica Yantén

Ecological and human dimension of bat conservation in Amazonian savannas

The global terrestrial human footprint continues to expand, exceeding the rate at which we can understand natural biological patterns and the consequences of anthropization to apply different types of mitigations. Key threats to bats include land use change and direct killing because of real or perceived negative impacts of bats and a general aversion that many people feel towards them. In the Amazon biome, bats experience both of these threats, however, there are few studies describing them.

To fill these gaps our objectives are to: 1) analyze and describe how local and landscape variables affect the taxonomic and functional diversity, in addition to the acoustic activity of insectivorous bats; 2) understand human perception and the conflicts that local populations have in relation to bats; 3) carry out educational activities with the local population with the aim of mitigating these conflicts and improving the reputation of bats. This project will be carried out in the Savannas of Amapá, an Amazonian savanna located northeast of the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, this Amazon ecosystem has been called the “last agricultural frontier of Brazil” and is inhabited by quilombola communities. We will perform passive acoustic monitoring in different forest patches and carry out structured and semi-structured interviews with at least 200 people who live in quilombola communities. We expect that the results of this project will help us to understand the natural distribution patterns of bats, the loss of their habitats, and how to mitigate conflicts with humans in the Brazilian Amazon.

Student Projects

Click a project location on the map to see projects from our most recent Student Scholars

Mexico

2024: Carlos Alberto Barrera

Project: Ignoring cryptic diversity is affecting conservation opportunities? Reevaluating the case of Bauerus
dubiaquercus

Brazil

2023: Cíntia da Costa

Project: Effects of fire on occupancy patterns and diversity of bats in Neotropical savannas

Brazil

2023: Diego Esquivel

Project: Conserving invisible species: revealing cryptic diversity in the neotropical bat genus Lophostoma (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

Brazil

2023: Maria Lavanholle Ventorin

Project: Response of aerial insectivorous bats to different levels of forest cover in Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)

Colombia

2023: Kevin Lievano

Project: Colombian Bats and Parasites of Their Parasites

Ghana

2023: Michael Adjei Ayeh

Project: Home Range Dynamics and Behavioural Roosting Ecology of the Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus gambianus

India

2023: Mehabharathi

Project: Population size and distribution of Latidens salimalii in Southern India

Malaysia

2023: Isham Azhar

Project: Community Processes Structuring Forest-Interior Insectivorous Bat Assemblages Across a Habitat Degradation Gradient

Papua New Guinea

2023: Peter Amick

Project: Understanding ecological roles of bats in the New Guinean rainforests

Papua New Guinea

2023: Elise Sivault

Project: Impact of rainforest fragmentation on dietary diversity and microbiota of bats from Papua New Guinea
Special Recognition: Thomas H. Kunz Innovation in Bat Research Honor

The Philippines

2023: Paul John Tolentino

Project: Diet composition of the golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus Eschscholtz, 1831) in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines
Special Recognition: 2023 Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor

South Africa

2023: Alexandra Howard

Project: Diversity and ecosystem services of bats on apple fruit farms of the eastern Free State

Vietnam

2023: Ha Nguyen Manh

Project: Conservation of bats at wind farms in Vietnam

Peru

2024: Pablo Aycart Lazo

Project: Local and landscape effects on bat diet and pest control in Amazonian cacao agroforestry systems

Bangladesh

2023: Dr. Jobaida Khanam

Project: Minimizing bat-human conflict by increasing the bats’ food source and dissipating the Nipah fear
Special Recognition: Women in Science Award and Conservation Evidence Special Recognition

Kenya

2024: Millicent Bungei

Project: Prioritizing Underground Roosts for Bats of Kenya

India

2024: Mahalakshmi Chelladurai

Project: Conserving cave-dwelling endangered Hipposideros pomona with community participation in the
Western Ghats, India

India

2024: Nithin Divakar

Project: Developing long-term bat conservation strategies in a Nipah virus-affected Indian state through a
participatory approach

Kenya

2024: Consolata Gitau

Project: Monitoring land degradation and ecosystem restoration using bats as bioindicators, in Northern Maasai
Mara, Kenya

Carmeroon

2024: Aicha Gomeh-Djame

Project: Assessing the ‘road-effect’ on bat diversity, abundance, and functional guilds in Northwestern Congolian
Lowland

Argentina

2024: Jose Luis Ladino Moreno

Project: Insectivorous bat assemblages (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from Chaco, Argentina, and their relationships
with extensive livestock farming

Morocco

2024: Omar Machich

Project: A dive into the forgotten bats of Morocco: ecoimmunological and ecotoxicological investigation

Cameroon

2024: Franck Patherson Meyo Okono

Project: Effects of habitat disturbances on bat communities (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in and around the Campo-
Ma’an National

Jamaica

2024: Phillip Oelbaum

Project: Foraging and roosting ecology of Phyllonycteris aphylla in Jamaica

Madagascar

2024: Patrick Randrianandrasana

Project: Human-bat conflicts and population dynamics of cave bats in the coastal zone of southwestern
Madagascar

Madagascar

2024: Abby Rutrough

Project: Can We Predict Bat Hunting Across Large Spatial Scales: Validating Spatial Structural Equation Models

Nepal

2024: Basanta Sharma

Project: Tracing roots of the Himalayan bats: discovery, description, and conservation in Nepal

Peru

2024: Amanda Vilchez

Project: Let’s talk about bats: Citizen science for bat conservation in Peruvian rural areas

Brazil

2022: Priscila Carlos

Bat-plant interaction networks across a gradient of forest loss and fragmentation in the Brazilian Cerrado

Brazil

2021: Priscila Alves

The Invisible Pollution: Bioaccumulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Bats in the Atlantic Forest

Colombia

2021: Daniela Amortegui

Effect of Transformed Ecosystems on Bat and Trypanosomatid Parasites Diversity in the Colombian Llanos

Mauritius

2021: Yogishah Bunsy

Endangered Endemic Insular Bat as a Model Species to Inform Conservation, Human Health and Agro-Economy

Nepal

2021: Dibya Dahal

Species Diversity, Local Community Perceptions and Conservation by Awareness of Bats in Rara National Park

Malaysia

2021: Muhammad Aminuddin Baqi Hasrizal Fuad

A Dietary Diversity Study for Conservation of Eonycteris Spelaea, the Main Pollinator of Durians

Cameroon

2021: Flora Kingha Zebaze Jasmine

Diversity and Community Structure of Bats in a Modified Tropical Environment in the Mbam and Djerem National Parks

France

2021: Léa Mariton

Bats and Light Pollution – Impacts of ALAN on Fast-Flying Bat Species Phenology at Roosts

Nepal

2021: Dikshya Sawad

Uncovering Bat Species at Caves, Forest, and Human Settlement Areas at Himalayan Foothills in Western Nepal

Mexico

2021: Cárol Mariana Sierra Durán

Bats, Bat Boxes and Food Security: Evaluating Bats as Potential Rice Pest Controllers

Fiji

2021: SiteriTikoca

Resource Use of an Endangered Bat (Chaerephon Bregullae) Across Fragmented Habitats of Fiji

Bangladesh

2021: Md Ashraf Ul Hasan

Bats of Bangladesh: Bat Assemblage Structure and Species Responses to Land-Use Change

United States

2021: Ellen Whittle

Inter- and Intra-Annual Use of Maternal Roosts by Female Northern Long-Eared Bats

Malaysia

2021: Joon Yee Yong

Project Pteropus: Elucidating the Pollination Networks of the Durian (Durio zibethinus) Across Peninsular Malaysia

Pakistan

2021: Touseef Ahmed

Effect of Extreme Heat on Indian Flying Foxes (Pteropus medius) in Pakistan

Ecuador

2022: Elyce Gosselin

Ecology and conservation genetics of the Galapagos bats

Ghana

2022: Cecilia Montauban

Who’s adapting to change? Unraveling the role of cryptic bat diversity in shifting African ecosystems

Equatorial Guinea

2022: Laura Torrent

The enigmatic Badger Bat and other fantastic beasts: understanding Equatorial Guinea’s bat diversity

India

2022: Thangsuanlian Naulak

Bats of Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya: effect of forest patch sizes on species diversity

Kenya

2022: Eluid Omusotsi

Using native languages and intergenerational learning tools to appreciate human-bat relationships around Kakamega Forest, Kenya

Madagascar

2022: Anecia Gentles

Determining the role of cross-species overlap as drivers of Henipavirus persistence

Nepal

2022: Sanjeev Baniya

Hibernation roost selection and winter activity of cave-dwelling bats along an elevational gradient

Nigeria

2022: Elijah Okwuonu

Parasite diversity and conservation of cave-dwelling bats in Enugu State, Nigeria

Paraguay

2022: María Elena Torres Ruiz Díaz

Monitoring of bats in two green areas of the Metropolitan Area of Asunción,  Paraguay

South Africa

2022: Veli Mdluli

Quantifying the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on bat communities in a montane grassland ecosystem

United States

2022: Mallory Davies

Assessing drivers of long-nosed bat movement at the northern extent of their range

United States

2022: Carlos Linares

Light pollution as a structuring force for bat communities: an experimental and mechanistic investigation

Japan

2023: Fay Taylor

Project: Finding the Forgotten Frosted Myotis: Uncovering Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species in Ashiu

Funds are often the limiting factor for wildlife-related research, and despite having an extremely supportive network of partners, we would not be able to accomplish our objectives without outside funding sources. BCI’s support shows that this research is valued, and important to the larger bat conservation effort.

Samantha Hoff Former BCI student scholar
J. Scott Altenbach