Dr. Christoph F. J. Meyer

Christoph Meyer Conducted his PhD field work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Here he investigated the effects of rainforest fragmentation on Neotropical bats, using small islands in Gatún Lake, an artificial reservoir created during the construction of the Panama Canal, as a model system. After concluding his PhD at University of Ulm he undertook a postdoc on a project evaluating the suitability of bats for long-term monitoring within the framework of the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Initiative. He is now based at Centre for Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon and is currently involved in bat projects in the Iberian Peninsula, West Africa and Central Amazon.

Dr. Paulo Estefano Dineli Bobrowiec

Paulo Bobrowiec

He undertook a BSc in Biological Science at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia and both MSc (Ecology) and PhD (Genetics, Conservation and Evolution) at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). His main area of expertise is bat ecology and works mainly on community structure, feeding strategies of frugivorous and hematophagous bats and bat pollination and see dispersal. His MSc field work was conducted at the BDFFP and was pioneer on the study of the effect of different secondary vegetation types on bat community composition in Central Amazonian bats whereas his PhD was dedicated to the feeding ecology of Desmodus rotundus.

Dr. Erica Sampaio

She undertook her PhD at Tübingen University, Germany looking at the effects of the forest fragmentation on the diversity and abundance patterns of Central Amazonian bats. Her database of bats surveyed at the BDFFP forest fragments and continuous forest reserves in 1996-99 allows this comparative follow-up study.

Prof. Jorge Palmeirim

Jorge Palmeirim Undertook a 5-year BSc in Biology at University of Lisbon followed by a M.A. and PhD in Systematics and Ecology at University of Kansas. His main research interests are ecology and conservation biology of bats and birds and tropical ecology. He is currently an Associate Professor at University of Lisbon where he coordinates the Conservation Biology M.A. programme and heads the Animal Diversity and Conservation Group at the Centre for Environmental Biology. Additionally he's a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (Chiroptera Specialist Group) and of the Editorial Board of Acta Chiropterologica (Warsaw, Poland).

Prof. Elisabeth Kalko

Elisabeth Kalko BSc, MSc and PhD by University of Tübingen, she was a Full Professor at University of Ulm where she directed the Institute of Experimental Ecology (Germany), researcher of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Republic of Panamá) and associate researcher at the National Museum of Natural History (USA). Her vast research interests included physiology, behavior, ecology, and natural history of bats and was divided into four main areas: bat interaction with other organisms, comparisons of behavior, physiology, and ecology of sympatric bat species, comparative community studies, and museum studies on taxonomy and systematics. In collaborative work, her field-based research was conducted in Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Ivory coast and Europe. Sadly, Prof. Elisabeth Kalko passed away on September 26th 2011.

Prof. Kevina Vulinec

PhD by University of Florida she is now an Associate Professor Delaware State University. Her research interests revolve around the conservation of biodiversity, and more specifically, the ecological processes that promote it. She studies the community structure and behavior of primary seed dispersers (primates and bats), and secondary dispersers (dung beetles), in different areas and habitats of tropical forests to determine the impact of disturbances, the natural regeneration potentials, and to suggest recommendations for management. Additionally, she is involved in several projects in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. that emphasize conservation, biodiversity, and community dynamics. She has currently focused her research on bats, including inquiries into the threats of the White-Nose Syndrome, habitat transformation, and the development of wind turbines.

Dr. Mar Cabeza

After finishing her MSc at the University of Barcelona she moved to Finland where she undertook a PhD on reserve-network selection and spatial population dynamics at the Metapopulation Research Group (MRG), University of Helsinki. She later embarked on a post-doc aimed at further exploring some questions raised during her PhD and subsequently was awarded a ‘Ramón y Cajal' research fellowship and joined the BIOCHANGE Lab at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), Madrid. She currently continues at MRG where she is a Finnish Academy Research Fellow. She is a subject editor of Conservation Biology and her present projects range from reserve selection to the impacts of habitat loss and climate change.

PhD students

Ricardo Rocha

Ricardo Rocha BSc in Environmental Biology by University of Lisbon and MSc in Conservation Science by Imperial College London with thesis dedicated to São Tomé endemic birds' response to agricultural intensification. Following his MSc degree he worked on the ecology of seabirds and endemic reptiles of the Selvagens Archipelago, Portugal and undertook a 9-months internship looking at the efficiency of Malagasy protected areas in reducing deforestation, based at the Metapopulation Research Group, Finland. His PhD is based on University of Lisbon and University of Helsinki, supervised by Dr. Christoph Meyer, Prof. Jorge Palmeirim and Prof. Mar Cabeza and addresses the effects tropical forest fragmentation on the spatial-temporal dynamics of phyllostomid bat communities. Funding is provided by the Portuguese Fundation for Science and Tecnology (grant SFRH/BD/80488/2011).

Adrià López Baucells

Adrià López Baucells He started working at the Bat Research Group, Natural Science Museum of Granollers, Catalunya in 2005. Since then he has collaborated on several projects regarding telemetry, habitat selection, biogeography, behavior, migration, etc. In 2010, he concluded his BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona with a final project on neotropical bats with field work in Colombia. His MSc thesis was carried out in Sydney (Australia) on behavioral ecology and physiology on megachiroptera. Currently he is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Meyer, Prof. Jorge Palmeirim and Dr. Paulo Bobrowiec and his projects uses autonomous stations for ultrasound detection to investigate the long-term impacts of forest fragmentation on insectivorous bat communities.

Master students

Milou Groenenberg: Matrix-mitigated edge and area effects on Neotropical bats in a fragmented landscape.
Inês Silva: Vertical stratification of bat communities in a neotropical fragmented landscape.
Fábio Zanella Farneda: Bat species vulnerability to forest fragmentation in the Central Amazon.


Julia Treitler, Solange Farias, Gilberto Fenrández, Leonardo Oliveira, Ileana Mayes, Rodrigo Marciente

Field assistants

Junio, Leo, Osmaildo