Research Assistant position – urban ecology and ecosystem services of bats in Singapore

The National University of Singapore has a vacancy for a Research Assistant within the Department of Biological Sciences JOB DESCRIPTION Looking for a full-time research assistant (RA) for a project investigating the urban ecology of bats in Singapore and the ecosystem services they provide (seed dispersal, pollination, consumption of insect pests). The RA will assist in collecting data in the field, labwork, and other tasks, under supervision. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Fieldwork (inc
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Despite their contribution to regional biodiversity, their ecological and economic importance, and their imperiled status, public awareness of the conservation and economic value of bats in Southeast Asia is extremely low, and myths and prejudice abound. Consequently one of the objectives of the SEABCRU is to facilitate the development and implementation of outreach programs.


Do you fancy a painted woolly bat on your wall? What about a false vampire?

A frequent traveller browsing the tourist shops and markets of Southeast Asia and East Asia will invariably be introduced to many bats, although very dead and mounted. How are such bats collected in the wild and in what numbers? What is the volume of internet trade involving such souv

Would you rather be bitten by Hipposideros diadema or Kerivoula intermedia?

This was the title Julie and I did not use in the outreach promoting her paper looking at bite force in 35 species of Malaysian bats (we talked about dogs instead). If you said Hipposideros diadema,  you really need to read the paper, and if you said the Kerivoula you probably intuiti

Bat research at the 2015 meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Phnom Penh

The annual meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the ATBC was held in Phnom Penh from 30 March – 2 April and attracted over 300 researchers and conservationists from throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including 100 delegates from Cambodia. Plenary speakers at the event included the reno

Eonycteris spelaea — an essential link in durian pollination networks.

Further documentation of just how wonderful Eonycteris spelaea is with a new paper out this month in the Journal of Pollination Ecology.  Pushpa Raj Acharya is the lead author, and here is a wonderful write-up on the history of Eonycteris spelaea studies and the significance of the st

Scientists find a new genus of false vampire from Thailand

A team of international scientists, led by two SEABCRU members, Dr. Pipat Soisook (Prince of Songkla University, Thailand) and Dr. Paul Bates (Harrison Institute, UK), discovered a new genus and species of false vampire. The new bat, namely Eudiscoderma thongareeae, is the sixth membe

3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference website and abstract call

The website for the conference is up and can be found here Abstracts are due 30th April, so get busy everyone!!

Complex geographic variation in calls, morphology and genetic relationships in the Intermediate Horseshoe Bat

The Intermediate Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis) is one of the most common cave species using constant frequency (CF) calls in Southeast Asia. In the past, variations of morphology and echolocation calls within the species have been observed among different geographic populations.

More species of woolly bats whisper in Southeast Asia’s rainforests

The insectivorous Woolly bats (Genus Kerivoula) are only found in the Old World tropics, including Southeast Asia. Species of the genus are characterized by small body size (2.5-13 gram), funnel-shaped ears, very high-pitched echolocation, and their fidelity to forests. Despite the gr