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 over 10 years. He 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.

After completing his PhD, 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 has lived in Japan, assessing the impact of habitat fragmentation on a rare species of tube-nosed bat, and has worked in 7 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.