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Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

  • A benchmark publication for projects dealing with bat conservation

  • Offers directions for future research

  • An exciting book for anyone interested in bats

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Bats in the Anthropocene

    • Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. Bats in Anthropogenically Changed Landscapes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Urbanisation and Its Effects on Bats—A Global Meta-Analysis

      • Kirsten Jung, Caragh G. Threlfall
      Pages 13-33Open Access
    3. Bats and Roads

      • John Altringham, Gerald Kerth
      Pages 35-62Open Access
    4. Responses of Tropical Bats to Habitat Fragmentation, Logging, and Deforestation

      • Christoph F. J. Meyer, Matthew J. Struebig, Michael R. Willig
      Pages 63-103Open Access
    5. Insectivorous Bats and Silviculture: Balancing Timber Production and Bat Conservation

      • Bradley Law, Kirsty J. Park, Michael J. Lacki
      Pages 105-150Open Access
    6. Bats in the Anthropogenic Matrix: Challenges and Opportunities for the Conservation of Chiroptera and Their Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes

      • Kimberly Williams-Guillén, Elissa Olimpi, Bea Maas, Peter J. Taylor, Raphaël Arlettaz
      Pages 151-186Open Access
    7. Dark Matters: The Effects of Artificial Lighting on Bats

      • E. G. Rowse, D. Lewanzik, E. L. Stone, S. Harris, G. Jones
      Pages 187-213Open Access
    8. Bats and Water: Anthropogenic Alterations Threaten Global Bat Populations

      • Carmi Korine, Rick Adams, Danilo Russo, Marina Fisher-Phelps, David Jacobs
      Pages 215-241Open Access
  4. Emerging Disesases

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 243-243
    2. White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

      • Winifred F. Frick, Sébastien J. Puechmaille, Craig K. R. Willis
      Pages 245-262Open Access
    3. Zoonotic Viruses and Conservation of Bats

      • Karin Schneeberger, Christian C. Voigt
      Pages 263-292Open Access
  5. Human–Bat Conflicts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 293-293
    2. Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Bats: A Global Perspective

      • Edward B. Arnett, Erin F. Baerwald, Fiona Mathews, Luisa Rodrigues, Armando Rodríguez-Durán, Jens Rydell et al.
      Pages 295-323Open Access
    3. Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine

      • Tammy Mildenstein, Iroro Tanshi, Paul A. Racey
      Pages 325-375Open Access
    4. The Conflict Between Pteropodid Bats and Fruit Growers: Species, Legislation and Mitigation

      • Sheema Abdul Aziz, Kevin J. Olival, Sara Bumrungsri, Greg C. Richards, Paul A. Racey
      Pages 377-426Open Access
    5. Bats and Buildings: The Conservation of Synanthropic Bats

      • Christian C. Voigt, Kendra L. Phelps, Luis F. Aguirre, M. Corrie Schoeman, Juliet Vanitharani, Akbar Zubaid
      Pages 427-462Open Access
    6. Conservation Ecology of Cave Bats

      • Neil M. Furey, Paul A. Racey
      Pages 463-500Open Access
  6. Conservation Approaches, Educational and Outreach Programs

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 501-501

About this book

This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit crops are explored in depth. Finally, contributors highlight the roles that taxonomy, conservation networks and conservation psychology have to play in conserving this imperilled but vital taxon.

With over 1300 species, bats are the second largest order of mammals, yet as the Anthropocene dawns, bat populations around the world are in decline. Greater understanding of the anthropogenic drivers of this decline and exploration of possible mitigation measures are urgently needed if we are to retain global bat diversity in the coming decades. This book brings together teams of international experts to provide a global review of current understanding and recommend directions for future research and mitigation.



  • Chiroptera
  • Bats
  • Climate change
  • Bat conservation
  • Viral bat diseases
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Land use change
  • Bat populations
  • Fungal bat diseases
  • Human-bat conflicts
  • Model vertebrates
  • climate change impacts

Editors and Affiliations

  • Berlin, Germany

    Christian C. Voigt

  • Lubbock, USA

    Tigga Kingston

About the editors

PD Dr. Christian C. Voigt is a senior research scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany and founder and organizer of the International Berlin Bat Meetings. The meeting (‘Bats in the Anthropocene', 1.-3. March 2013) served as focal point for this book project. Dr. Voigt received his doctoral degree from the University of Erlangen, Germany, where he studied nectar-feeding bats. He is broadly interested in the eco-physiology, sociobiology and conservation of bats and has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is serving as an associate editor for Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology and for Oecologia (between 2006 and 2011 also for Journal of Mammalogy). 
Dr. Tigga Kingston is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Texas Tech University and a central figure for the conservation of bats in Southeast Asia, she is the founder and director of the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit established with support from the National Science Foundation, USA, and has been the co-organizer of the 1st and 2nd Southeast Asian Bat Conferences held in Thailand and Indonesia. She has earned a PhD degree at Boston University where she studied bat assemblages in Peninsular Malaysia, and has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book. She serves on the advisory boards of Bat Conservation International and Lubee Bat Conservancy, and served for three years on the board of the North American Society for Bat Research. She is a member of the IUCN Chiroptera Specialist Group and is an author of 87 SE Asian Bat Red-list Accounts.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

  • Editors: Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston

  • 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) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-25218-6Published: 16 December 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79753-3Published: 30 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-25220-9Published: 07 December 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 606

  • Number of Illustrations: 25 b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Conservation Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Animal Migration, Climate Sciences

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)