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

Editors: Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston
ISBN: 978-3-319-25218-6 (Print) 978-3-319-25220-9 (Online)

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.
Humans have inadvertently changed global ecosystems and triggered the dawn of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. While some organisms can tolerate human activities and even flourish in anthropogenic habitats, the vast majority are experiencing dramatic population declines, pushing our planet into a sixth mass extinction. Bats are particularly susceptible to anthropogenic changes because of their low reproductive rate, longevity, and high metabolic rates. Fifteen percent of bat species are listed as threatened by the IUCN, i.e., they are considered Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. About 18 % of species are Data Deficient, highlighting the paucity of ecological studies that can support conservation status assessments. This book summarizes major topics related to the conservation of bats organized into sections that address: the response of bats to land use changes; how the emergence of viral and fungal diseases has changed bat populations; our perception of bats; and drivers of human–bat conflicts and possible resolutions and mitigation. The book ends with approaches that might advance bat conservation through conservation networks and a better understanding of human behavior and behavioral change.
Table of contents (18 chapters)
Front Matter Pages i-ix Download PDF (1544KB)

Chapter Pages 1-9
Bats in the Anthropocene
Christian C. Voigt, Tigga Kingston
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Bats in Anthropogenically Changed Landscapes

Front Matter Pages 11-11 Download PDF (1463KB)

Chapter Pages 13-33
Urbanisation and Its Effects on Bats—A GlobalUrbanisation and Its Effects on Bats—A Global Meta-Analysis
Kirsten Jung, Caragh G. Threlfall
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Chapter Pages 35-62
Bats and Roads
John Altringham, Gerald Kerth
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Chapter Pages 63-103
Responses of Tropical Bats to Habitat Fragmentation, Logging, and Deforestation
Christoph F. J. Meyer, Matthew J. Struebig, Michael R. Willig
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Chapter Pages 105-150
Insectivorous Bats and Silviculture: Balancing Timber Production and Bat Conservation
Bradley Law, Kirsty J. Park, Michael J. Lacki
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Chapter Pages 151-186
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
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Chapter Pages 187-213
Dark Matters: The Effects of Artificial Lighting on Bats
E. G. Rowse, D. Lewanzik, E. L. Stone, S. Harris, G. Jones
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Chapter Pages 215-241
Bats and Water: Anthropogenic Alterations Threaten Global Bat Populations
Carmi Korine, Rick Adams, Danilo Russo, Marina Fisher-Phelps, David Jacobs
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Emerging Disesases
Pages 243-243 Download PDF (1463KB)

Chapter Pages 245-262
White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
Winifred F. Frick, Sébastien J. Puechmaille, Craig K. R. Willis
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Chapter Pages 263-292
Zoonotic Viruses and Conservation of Bats
Karin Schneeberger, Christian C. Voigt
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Human–Bat Conflicts
Pages 293-293 Download PDF (1464KB)

Chapter Pages 295-323
Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Bats: A Global Perspective
Edward B. Arnett, Erin F. Baerwald, Fiona Mathews, Luisa Rodrigues
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Chapter Pages 325-375
Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine
Tammy Mildenstein, Iroro Tanshi, Paul A. Racey
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Chapter Pages 377-426
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
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Chapter Pages 427-462
Bats and Buildings: The Conservation of Synanthropic Bats
Christian C. Voigt, Kendra L. Phelps, Luis F. Aguirre, M. Corrie Schoeman
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Chapter Pages 463-500
Conservation Ecology of Cave Bats
Neil M. Furey, Paul A. Racey
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Conservation Approaches, Educational and Outreach Programs
Pages 501-501 Download PDF (1464KB)

Chapter Pages 503-538
The Roles of Taxonomy and Systematics in Bat Conservation
Susan M. Tsang, Andrea L. Cirranello, Paul J. J. Bates, Nancy B. Simmons
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Chapter Pages 539-569
Networking Networks for Global Bat Conservation
Tigga Kingston, Luis Aguirre, Kyle Armstrong, Rob Mies, Paul Racey
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Chapter Pages 571-595
Cute, Creepy, or Crispy—How Values, Attitudes, and Norms Shape Human Behavior Toward Bats
Tigga Kingston
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Back Matter Pages 597-606 Download PDF (721KB)



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