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Bat Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation

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  • Provides new and unpublished data for consideration as well historical, present, and future perspectives
  • Provides novel approaches to old questions as well as new ways of understanding the complex world of bats
  • New perspectives are provided on many aspects of bat biology, including white-nose syndrome, speciation, bats and the human dimension, educational and conservation challenges, global monitoring, economic value, and the state of global bat populations
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Recent advances in the study of bats have changed the way we understand this illusive group of mammals. This volume consist of 25 chapters and 57 authors from around the globe all writing on the most recent finding on the evolution, ecology and conservation of bats. The chapters in this book are not intended to be exhaustive literature reviews, but instead extended manuscripts that bring new and fresh perspectives. Many chapters consist of previously unpublished data and are repetitive of new insights and understanding in bat evolution, ecology and conservation. All chapters were peer-reviewed and revised by the authors. Many of the chapters are multi-authored to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the topics.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Evolutionary Patterns

  2. Ecology and Behaviour

  3. Conservation and Education


“The collection overall provides an accessible and extensive survey of current topics in bat biology, and can serve as useful entry points into many of the topics presented. As a survey, this volume does an admirable job of balancing innovations and new areas of research with long-standing traditional fields. … As a fellow bat biologist, I found it nearly as fun and exciting to read as to be part of this vibrant community of scholars.” (Deanna G. P. Byrnes, Ecology, Vol. 96 (2), 2015)

“This text provides a close look at the many challenges facing bat biologists/conservationists and the various tools that future research may bring to bear on solving pressing problems in biology and conservation. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 51 (8), April, 2014)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, USA

    Rick A. Adams

  • Department of Biology, South Dakota State, Brookings, USA

    Scott C. Pedersen

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Bat Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation

  • Editors: Rick A. Adams, Scott C. Pedersen

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-7396-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-4228-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4614-7397-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 547

  • Number of Illustrations: 57 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology/Ecology, Animal Ecology

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