The Echo
Meet the women who make a difference for bats

The Echo

Meet the women who make a difference for bats

Published on March 8, 2016


Women's History Month

Conservation doesn’t just happen. It takes the skills, passion and commitment of many to ensure the future of bat species and the ecosystems they support.

Women have played a large role in bat conservation. To celebrate International Woman’s Day, Bat Conservation International (BCI) is looking back at the wonderful women we highlighted last year as part of Women's History month. We are also looking forward - asking our supporters to nominate a woman that you believe has made a conservation impact through education, science or community work – who deserves to be highlighted by BCI.

Women work in all areas of bat conservation, from scientists trying to understand bat biology through to wildlife professionals caring for sick or displaced bats. While working with these fascinating creatures is a joy for many, some of the most important conservation work is not done directly with the animals but instead in classrooms or offices. Many of our leaders in bat conservation work with governments and communities, communicating the importance of bats and working with these groups to protect local populations and their habitats.

Women work in bat conservation all around the world. We hope that by sharing their amazing stories we might inspire women of all ages to think about how they can make a difference. If you know someone we should highlight - please send us their name, contact details and a short description on why they have inspired you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


2015 Nominated Women in Bat Conservation:

Carol Chambers - Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Northern Arizona University, USA
Mylea Bayless – Senior Director, U.S. / Canada Conservation, Bat Conservation International
Susan Wallace – President, The Woodtiger Fund, USA
Angie McIntire - Statewide Bat Management Coordinator , Arizona Game and Fish Department, USA
Kirsty Park – Biologist, University of Stirling, UK
Laura Ellison – Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
DeeAnn Reeder – Professor, Bucknell University, USA
Leslie Sturges – President, The Save Lucy Campaign, USA
Norma Monfort - Founder and President, Monfort Bat Cave & Conservation Foundation, Philippines
Loren Ammerman - Professor of Biology, Angelo State University, USA
Tigga Kingston - Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, USA
Julia Hanmer - Joint Chief Executive, Bat Conservation Trust, UK.
Juliet Vanitharani – Professor, Sarah Tucker College, India
Diana Foss - Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USA
Cullen Geiselman – Board of Directors - Bat Conservation International
Ann Froschauer - Public Affairs Supervisor, Washington State Fish and Wildlife Office, USA
Louise Sanders - Flying-fox subcommittee co-conveyor, Australasian Bat Society, Australia
Katie Gillies - Director, Imperiled Species, Bat Conservation International
Susan Loeb - Research Ecologist, USFS Southern Research Station, USA
Iroro Tanshi - Bat Ecologist & Educator, Nigeria
Abigel Szodoray-Paradi - Bat Scientist, Romanian Bat Protection Association, Romainia
Peggy Eby - Bat Ecologist & Educator, University of New South Wales, Australia
Veronica Brown - Research Coordinator, The University of Tennessee, USA
Winifred Frick – Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, USA


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