Reflections on the evolution of bat research

Elery Hamilton-Smith

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This paper combines personal experience with a more objective overview of bat research in Australia from 1954 to the present day and then into probable futures. It starts with a handful of virtually self-taught researchers who developed a significant ecological and behavioral understanding through systematic observation. Simple technologies such as bat banding, and Constantine traps were a great leap forward.

Today research faces a potential problem in the immense blossoming of electronic technologies that enable us to measure and record almost anything, but it may fail to genuinely increase our understanding. It may also overlook issues of respect and care for the animals who share in our research. Finally, in an era of environmental change, bats may yet provide valuable early-warning systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats
PublisherRoyal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0-9803272-4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventForum of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales - Sydney
Duration: 31 Dec 201004 Jan 2011


ConferenceForum of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
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