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Urban Bats

Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions

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  • The first book to focus on bats in urban areas, consolidating emerging research of bats in this unique ecosystem
  • World experts summarize current best practices for urban bats management and conservation
  • Unique focus on urban bat-human interactions, highlighting public health risks and benefits of bat-human co-occurrence

Part of the book series: Fascinating Life Sciences (FLS)

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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 percent 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 newareas? 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, we thus aspire to provide a knowledge base to help guide current and future efforts to conserve bats.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. What is an Urban Bat? Morphological, Physiological, Behavioural, and Genetic Adaptations

  2. How do Bats Inhabit Urban Environments? Uses of Artificial Roosts, Aerial Habitats, and Green Spaces

  3. How do Bats and Humans Interact in Urban Environments? Human Perceptions, Public Health, and Ecosystem Services of Bats

Editors and Affiliations

  • Vaughan, Canada

    Lauren Moretto

  • Department of Biology, Queens College at the City University of New York, Flushing, USA

    Joanna L. Coleman

  • Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    Christina M. Davy

  • Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

    M. Brock Fenton

  • Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Midreshet Ben- Gurion, Israel

    Carmi Korine

  • Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada

    Krista J Patriquin

About the editors

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 and to mitigate biodiversity loss and promote sustainability on an increasingly urban planet.

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.

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’ behavioral and genetic responses to habitat modification, including urbanisation, and the selective impacts of pathogens on bat behavior and population viability.

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 conservation of bats in myriad environments, including urban parks.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Bats

  • Book Subtitle: Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions

  • Editors: Lauren Moretto, Joanna L. Coleman, Christina M. Davy, M. Brock Fenton, Carmi Korine, Krista J Patriquin

  • Series Title: Fascinating Life Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

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

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13172-1Published: 03 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13175-2Published: 04 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13173-8Published: 02 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2509-6745

  • Series E-ISSN: 2509-6753

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 190

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Ecology, Ecology, Zoology, Conservation Biology/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics and Genomics

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