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Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Bats (Chiroptera)

Urban Bats Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions

By: Lauren Moretto(Editor), Joanna L Coleman(Editor), Christina M Davy(Editor), M Brock Fenton(Editor), Carmi Korine(Editor), Krista J Patriquin(Editor)
190 pages, 21 colour photos and colour illustrations, 10 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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The Anthropocene is the "age of human influence", an epoch well known for its urban impact. More than half of all people already live in cities, and this proportion is expected to rise to almost 70 per cent by 2050. Like other species in urban areas, bats must contend with the pressures of profound and irreversible land cover change and overcome certain unique challenges, such as the high density of roads, lights, glass, and free-ranging domestic animals. Research on urban bats in recent decades indicates that when it comes to urban life, some bats are synanthropes. In other words, although most species of bats are negatively impacted by urbanisation, many appear to not only succeed, but also thrive in cities and towns. This observation has inspired interesting questions about bats in relation to urbanisation. Which traits and behaviours equip bats for urban success? What features of urban areas increase the likelihood that bats will successfully persist there or even colonize new areas? And how does the success of urban bats affect co-habiting humans?

Our book explores the interactions between bats and urban environments through case studies and reviews. Understanding how different species interact with urban environments can reveal potential opportunities to mitigate urban threats to bats and threats posed by bats to other urban organisms, including humans. With this book, the editors thus aspire to provide a knowledge base to help guide current and future efforts to conserve bats.


Section 1: What is an Urban Bat? Morphological, Physiological, Behavioural and Genetic Adaptations
Chapter 1. Physiological adaptation of bats to urban areas
Chapter 2. Genetic impoverishment and species endangerment in the Anthropocene
Chapter 3. Behavioral preadaptation of molossid bats to urban environments
Chapter 4. The ecology of bats and their parasites in relation to urbanisation
Chapter 5. Effect of urbanization on the social and mating system of bats

Section 2: How do Bats Inhabit Urban Environments? Uses of Artificial Roosts, the Aerospace, and Green Spaces
Chapter 6. Roost selection by urban bats
Chapter 7. Bat boxes as roosting habitat in cities - 'thinking outside the box'
Chapter 8. Woah, living in the air! Aerial habitats and aeroconservation for urban bats
Chapter 9. What traits of greenspace in urban environments influence bat abundance and diversity?
Chapter 10. Urban bats living in the city of Recife, Brazil

Section 3: How do Bats and Humans Interact in Urban Environments? Human Perceptions, Public Health, and Ecosystem Services of Bats
Chapter 11. Human dimension of bats in the city
Chapter 12. Public health /conflicts between humans and bats
Chapter 13. Ecosystem services of bats in urban habitats
Chapter 14. The big picture, and moving forward with urban bat research, management, and conservation

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Lauren Moretto is a Master of Science graduate from the Fahrig Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Biology at Carleton University. Lauren's general research interests are wildlife and habitat management, but she specializes in urban, bat, and landscape ecology.

Joanna L. Coleman is an Assistant Professor at City University of New York-Queens College. She is also a core member of the Human Dimensions Working Group and the Co-Chair of the Bat Trade Working Group, within the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Bat Specialist Group. Her applied and interdisciplinary research agenda uses ecology and social science to mitigate biodiversity loss and promote sustainability on an increasingly urban planet.

Christina M. Davy is a Conservation Ecologist based at Carleton University, where she and her students study the impacts of rapid environmental change on endangered wildlife, including bats. She is particularly interested in understanding bats’ behavioural and genetic responses to habitat modification, including urbanisation, and the selective impacts of pathogens on bat behaviour and population viability.

M. Brock Fenton, Professor Emeritus at Western University in Ontario, Canada, uses bats to explore the interfaces between animal behaviour, ecology and evolution. His research involves different aspects of the biology of bats using a combination of field and laboratory experiments and observations in settings ranging from different locations in Canada to a variety of sites in the tropics and subtropics.

Carmi Korine is a Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Carmi is studying the physiological ecology of bats, a discipline that explores, in an ecological and evolutionary context, the ways in which animals function in response to their natural environments. Currently, Carmi’s research explores the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on conservation ecology of desert-dwelling bats.

Krista J. Patriquin is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University, and Research Coordinator with the Sable Island Institute, both in Nova Scotia, Canada. Broadly, her work investigates how organisms respond to change, including human-induced change. Most of this work has focused on foraging behaviour and the conservation of bats in myriad environments, including urban parks.

By: Lauren Moretto(Editor), Joanna L Coleman(Editor), Christina M Davy(Editor), M Brock Fenton(Editor), Carmi Korine(Editor), Krista J Patriquin(Editor)
190 pages, 21 colour photos and colour illustrations, 10 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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