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GBatNet
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GBatNet is the network of bat networks (and associated organizations) that are involved in for exploring complementary aspects of bats to facilitate and enhance research addressing bat diversification and sustainability.
IUCN BSG - IUCN Bat Specialist Group
RELCOM - Red Latinoamericana para la Conservación de los Murciélagos
NABCA - North American Bat Conservation Alliance
SEABCRU - Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit
BCA - Bat Conservation Africa
ABS - Australasian Bat Society
BatLife Europe
WAB-Net - Western Asia Bat Research Network
UNEP/EUROBATS
BPEN - Bat Phenotypes and Evolution Network
GBTWG - Global Bat Taxonomy Working Group
Bat 1K
BOHRN - Bat/One Health Research Network
BCI - Bat Conservation International
Bats Without Borders

Spearheading this effort are:

Dr. Tigga Kingston is a Professor of Biology at Texas Tech University. Her research on conservation ecology uses an integrative approach that combines studies of functional, reproductive, landscape, community, and microbial ecology to understand community assembly and disassembly in response to anthropogenic changes to habitats. She is the Founder of the SEABCRU, Co-Chair of the IUCN BSG and BOHRN, on the Steering Committee of BCA and Scientific Advisory Board of WAB-Net, and a member of the GBTWG.

Dr. Nancy Simmons is Curator-in-charge of the Department of Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and a Professor in the museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. Her research focuses on morphology, evolution, and systematics of bats, and she collaborates with specialists in other fields on studies of bat community structure, parasites, microbiomes, and pathogens. She is Chair of the GBTWG, and a member of the IUCN BSG, BPEN, SEABCRU, and Bat 1K, and on the Board of Directors of BCI.

Dr. Liliana Dávalos is a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the biotic and abiotic mechanisms that produce species and trait diversity, and how growing human activities affect the old-growth forests where diversity concentrates. These questions are integrated across two disparate scales to analyze how past extinction events caused by humans can help conserve extant species; one uses phylogenetics and comparative analyses to answer questions about diversification in deep time, and the other applies remote sensing and spatial statistics to probe recent human history. She is on the Board of Directors of Bat 1K, and Scientific Advisory Board of BCI.

Dr. Susan Tsang is a Research Associate at AMNH and National Museum of the Philippines, and Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History--Smithsonian Institution. Her research focuses on the evolution, biogeography, and conservation of Old World fruit bats, and she collaborates with other specialists to study aspects of bat-borne pathogens and functional genomics. Her scientific consultancy through her company, Biodiversitas Global, focuses on trafficking, sustainability, and capacity building. She is on the Steering Committee of SEABCRU, and a member of the IUCN BSG, GBTWG, and BOHRN.

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