Jon received his PhD from the University of Bristol where he integrated investigations of the ecology, diet and population genetics of the greater horseshoe bat in order to advance its conservation.
Jon Flanders, Ph.D. – Director, Endangered Species Interventions
Jon has studied bat conservation and molecular ecology for more than 10 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol where he integrated investigations of the ecology, diet, and population genetics of the greater horseshoe bat to advance its conservation.
After completing his Ph.D., Jon moved to China where he spent two years examining the population genetic structure of various bat species to assess their conservation status before returning to the UK to work as biodiversity coordinator at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. There he led teams from the environmental, economic, and health sectors to develop sustainable habitat creation and restoration projects for the area.
More recently, he lived in Japan where he assessed the impact of habitat fragmentation on a rare species of tube-nosed bat. He also worked in seven other countries on three continents, leading a variety of conservation-related research projects, as well as teaching workshops and outreach efforts for local researchers and students.