Title of symposium:
Bat ecology and conservation: A pantropical perspective

Principal organizer:
Krizler C. Tanalgo
Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science

Dr. Ricardo Rocha
Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Dr. Alice C. Hughes
Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science

Symposium Summary
Across the tropics bats constitute a substantial proportion of the mammal diversity, often accounting for over 50% of the mammal diversity within rainforests. They are common, diverse and often responsive to habitat changes, making them a well-suited sentinel taxon to habitat disturbance. However, baseline data or in many cases even basic taxonomic data is missing for many species. Understanding species distributions and habitat associations is paramount to provide baseline information to develop effective conservation strategies. Yet, for ephemeral species in complex habitats, even gathering this data is challenging. This is especially so for nocturnal, highly mobile species for which taxonomic and ecological information is scarce, such as bats. In this symposium, we aim to discuss key topics of the ecology and conservation of tropical bats so to provide baseline information that can be applied to their management. We hope that by reflecting upon bat-habitat associations in different parts of the world, the different drivers underpinning their spatio-temporal dynamics, and the protocols used to monitor their diversity and abundance across the space and time, we will better understand their conservation challenges and develop standards to census bat diversity in a more systematic and informative way. This symposium will offer a global overview of tropical bat ecology and conservation and discuss future avenues of research that can guide evidence-based management actions in increasingly modified tropical landscapes.

List of speakers and presentation titles:

  1. Ricardo Rocha, Neotropical bats in a recovering fragmented landscape: effects of matrix regeneration on specialist and generalist species, Conservation Science Group, University of Cambridge (UK)
  2. Sreehari Raman, Understanding the probable impacts of climate change on bat communities in the Western Ghats, India, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (India/China)
  3. Krizler C. Tanalgo, Global distribution and conservation status of cave-dwelling bats: new insights and approach, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Philippines/China)
  4. Farah Carrasco-Rueda, Effects of agricultural activities on bat community in Madre de Dios, Peru, University of Florida (US)
  5. Apolinario Carino, Identification of High Conservation Value Areas for Flying Foxes on Negros Island, Philippines, Silliman University (Philippines)
  6. Sanjeev Baniya, Understanding bat diversity in Nepal, Nepal Bat Research and Conservation Union (NeBRCU) (Nepal)
  7. Muhammad Rezha Fahlevi, Bats in areas of wetland in the village simpang arja, districts rantau badauh, of district Barito Kuala
  8. Fritzie B. Ates-Camino, Roosting Behavior of Acerodon jubatus in Malagos Watershed, University of the Philippines Mindanao (Philippines)
  9. Hana Soualah Alila, Biodiversity and Distribution of Bat Populations in North East Algeria (Souk Ahras), Laboratory science and techniques of water and environment, Mohamed Echerif Messaadia University -Souk Ahras- Algeria
  10. Ace Kevin S. Amarga, A contribution to the knowledge on the wildlife ectoparasite fauna of the Philippines: entomofauna ectoparasitic on bats, with new host and distribution records, University of the Philippines Los BaƱos, Philippines