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What is it like to be a Bat?
Perspectives from Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation Biology

Professor Gareth Jones BSc PhD

School of Biological Sciences, Bristol University

Abstract

Two adaptations of bats - flight and echolocation - make them fascinating subjects for evolutionary biologists. Their remarkable adaptations, coupled with evidence of recent population declines, make bats a high priority for conservation. Current threats to bat populations include emerging infectious diseases such as white-nose syndrome in America, being killed by wind

turbines, and climate change. My research is interdisciplinary and involves bioacoustics, molecular biology and ecological modelling. I will cover topics such as - how are echolocation calls related to ecology? How can moths avoid being eaten by bats? How is urbanisation affecting bats and why are bats important to humans?

9th January 2013

Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff University