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New paper—Not everyone dislikes or fears bats

In this latest social-science paper, led by Dr Tanja Straka, of Berlin's Freie University, we challenged the almost dogmatic notion that bats are objects of biophobia. Yes, abundant evidence suggests that bats are undeservedly maligned in many contexts. And our personal experience as bat experts supports that—tell people you study bats and many will [...]

By |2024-06-03T14:38:07+00:00June 3rd, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why the eastern skunk cabbage is a weird and wonderful plant

1. The spathe—a 5th floral structure. Most flowers have a four-part anatomical arrangement. The two central whorls (layers) of reproductive parts include a pistil (a sticky stigma borne on a style leading down to the ovary) surrounded by stamens (filaments bearing anthers, which hold pollen grains). The outer whorls are [...]

By |2024-05-18T15:53:03+00:00May 17th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New paper

In this collaborative paper by 59 co-authors, we asked how the community traits for diverse animals (amphibians, bats, bees, birds, carabid beetles and reptiles) shift with increasing urban land cover in 379 cities around the world. The traits are diverse, with shifts in body size and mobility seemingly driven by changes in dietary and [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:22:01+00:00August 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New paper

New paper

Just out - a paper with my former undergraduate honours students Deon LUM and YAO Xinyi, whose data were used. We worked along pedestrian footpaths (3.5m tall luminaires) in Singapore and found that shifting from sodium-vapour to LED lights is not detrimental to most insects in most sites (meaning, the LEDs are no more attractive [...]

By |2023-06-20T17:46:02+00:00June 20th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New paper

Featured in National Geographic

As a teen & young adult, the only magazine I ever subscribed to (and amassed quite a collection of) was National Geographic (NatGeo). Each month, the latest issue would arrive, and I would pore over it, marveling at the incredible photography and engrossing text and, perhaps more than anything, learning about the natural and cultural [...]

By |2023-02-10T01:58:49+00:00February 10th, 2023|Bats, biodiversity|Comments Off on Featured in National Geographic

Urban Bats – finally published !

What a great start to the new year - our book is out, showcasing many diverse facets of the urban ecology of bats, with chapters co-authored by > 40 diverse authors based in many different countries.  What an honour to work with all these wonderful people !

By |2023-01-06T02:24:22+00:00January 6th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Urban Bats – finally published !

New paper – how do stakeholders view the issue of bat conservation & management?

As you may know, bats are, in many cultures and contexts, undeservedly maligned. The COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated that. Most likely, a species of horseshoe bat was the original reservoir for the viral ancestor to SARS-CoV2, which causes COVID. But the media and even the scientific literature have widely misrepresented the role of bats [...]

By |2022-12-04T19:33:00+00:00December 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New paper – how do stakeholders view the issue of bat conservation & management?

And then there were 6

Introducing our newest lab member, Taylor Rubin, who will do her PhD research with us. Taylor comes with a slightly unconventional and super appealing background. She obtained her master’s degree in neuroscience and animal behaviour in 2012 from Emory University. Her research subjects were tufted capuchins – am I the only one who wonders if [...]

By |2022-05-20T22:36:06+00:00May 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on And then there were 6

Summer 2022 – new project (drone impacts) & new lab member (Sophie Barno)

If you read the description of the work by LIM Kai Ning, my former honours student, then you know that work in my lab at NUS investigated the impacts of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) on bats in Singapore (SG), and you know why it matters. Well, this summer, in NYC’s less restrictive landscape [...]

By |2024-05-21T17:20:24+00:00May 9th, 2022|Bats, biodiversity, Urbanisation|Comments Off on Summer 2022 – new project (drone impacts) & new lab member (Sophie Barno)

The Urban Ecology lab is growing

Sulaimon Lawal will soon join our lab as my first PhD student. He grew up (and still lives) in Lagos, the largest of Africa’s three megacities. Sub-Saharan Africa! The motherland for our species. The only land that was spared the worst of the Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions. A land of huge cultural and biological diversity. [...]

By |2022-03-04T14:58:13+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Urban Ecology lab is growing
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