Bats are among the most speciose yet poorly-studied groups of mammals. Some 120 species are known from the Indian subcontinent. Occupying diverse niches in both natural and human-modified ecosystems, bats perform important ecological functions as predators, pollinators, and seed dispersers, thereby providing valuable ecosystem services. Although there is a fund of research into the biology of a few common species, India’s bat communities still remain un-described and the ecological and anthropogenic determinants of species distribution and abundance are mostly unknown.
The workshop will be conducted at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
•An overview of bat diversity: life history strategies, feeding and roosting ecology, social and mating systems, population biology
•Bats in ecosystems: bats as predators, pollinators and seed dispersers
•Bats and conservation: threats to bats, bats a biodiversity indicators
•Techniques and protocols in research and conservation: catching and marking, echolocation call recording and analysis, radio-telemetry, biodiversity assessment protocols, ecosystem services
•Practical demonstrations: mist netting and identification, echolocation call recording and sound analysis
We invite students working in the fields of ecology, evolution and conservation to apply for participation in this workshop. To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV, and a brief note on your research interests and how you think this workshop will be useful to you. We will begin reviewing applications on February 1st, 2010.
Fifteen students will be selected for the workshop. Selection will be based on each applicant’s academic background and plans. Food during the workshop will be covered by the workshop organizers. Travel costs (by second class train) will be covered for a limited number of participants. Please indicate in your application if you would like travel costs to be covered.
Coordinated by: Mahesh Sankaran (National Centre for Biological Sciences), M.D. Madhusudan and Divya Mudappa (Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore)
Organized by: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, UK-India Education and
Research Initiative with University of Leeds, Nature Conservation Foundation,
National Centre for Biological Sciences
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