Group members

Christoph F. J. Meyer

christoph_meyer_bigConducted his PhD field work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. He investigated the effects of rainforest fragmentation on Neotropical bats, using small islands in an artificial reservoir created during the construction of the Panama Canal, as a model system. After concluding his PhD at University of Ulm he undertook a postdoc on a project evaluating the suitability of bats for long-term monitoring within the framework of the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Initiative. He is now based at Centre for Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon and is currently involved in bat projects in the Iberian Peninsula and Central Amazon.

Adrià López-Baucells

Manaus - octubre 2014 - viatges - (166) - BIG!PhD student under the supervision of Christoph Meyer (University of Salford) and Jorge Palmeirim (University of Lisbon). His current project is based on autonomous remote stations for bat ultrasound detection to investigate the long-term impacts of forest fragmentation on aerial insectivorous bat communities, with fieldwork conducted in Central Amazon, Brazil. He started working at the Bat Research Group, Natural Science Museum of Granollers (Catalonia) in 2005. Since then he has collaborated on several projects regarding habitat selection, biogeography, behaviour and migration, among other topics, shaping his background as a bat researcher focused on applied ecology. In 2010, he concluded his BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona with a final project on Neotropical bats in Colombia. Afterwards, he jumped to Sydney (Australia) to carry out his MSc thesis on competitive behavioural ecology and physiology in flying foxes, and more recently, he has also joined several bat-related expeditions and projects in the UK, North Africa, Kenya and Madagascar. [Personal website] [ResearchGate] [GoogleScholar]

Ricardo Rocha


BSc in Biology by the University of Lisbon and MSc in Conservation Science by Imperial College London with thesis dedicated to São Tomé endemic birds’ response to agricultural intensification. Following his MSc, he worked on the ecology of seabirds and endemic reptiles of the Selvagens archipelago (Portugal) and then moved to the Metapopulation Research Centre (Finland) to investigate the efficiency of Malagasy protected areas in reducing deforestation. He has since worked with bird and bat ecology in Madagascar, Kenya and Brazil. His PhD, based at the Universities of Lisbon and Helsinki and supervised by Christoph Meyer, Jorge Palmeirim and Mar Cabeza, addresses the effects tropical forest fragmentation on the spatio-temporal dynamics of phyllostomid bat communities. He has recently moved to the University of Madeira where he lectures biosystematics and zoology. [Personal website] [ResearchGate] [GoogleScholar]

Mar Cabeza

Ethiopia_Turkana_Febrer2016_ (19)After finishing her MSc at the University of Barcelona she moved to Finland where she undertook a PhD on reserve-network selection and spatial population dynamics at the Metapopulation Research Group, University of Helsinki. She later embarked on a post-doc aimed at further exploring some questions raised during her PhD and subsequently was awarded a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ research fellowship and joined the BIOCHANGE Lab at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), Madrid. She currently continues at MRG where she is a Finnish Academy Research Fellow. As subject editor of Conservation Biology, her present projects range from reserve selection to the impacts of habitat loss and climate change.

Jorge Palmeirim


Undertook a 5-year BSc in Biology at University of Lisbon followed by a M.A. and PhD in Systematics and Ecology at University of Kansas. His main research interests are ecology and conservation biology of bats and birds and tropical ecology. He is currently an Associate Professor at University of Lisbon where he coordinates the Conservation Biology M.A. programme and heads the Animal Diversity and Conservation Group at the Centre for Environmental Biology. Additionally he’s a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (Chiroptera Specialist Group) and of the Editorial Board of Acta Chiropterologica (Warsaw, Poland).

Fabio Zanella Farneda 

He is doing a PhD in Ecology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and in affiliation with the Tropical Conservation Ecology group of cE3c (Universit of Lisbon). He hold a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Lisbon, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.

For his PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Grelle (UFRJ) and Dr. Christoph Meyer (FCUL-cE3c) he is using a functional-based approach to studying the effects of forest fragmentation on Neotropical bat assemblages.

Paul Webala


Paul Webala received his M.S. at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Ph.D. from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia in  2012. He joined National Museums of Kenya (NMK) as a volunteer scientist and ended up as a Head of the Mammalogy Dept. He worked as a lecturer and wildlife scientist for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). In January 2012, he joined Karatina University as a lecturer in Wildlife Ecology and currently he teaches wildlife ecology and management at Maasai Mara University. Member of the The IUCN Bat Specialist Group and Bat Conservation Africa. He uses bats to study animal-habitat relationships and habitat fragmentation consequences in Kenya and Rwanda.

James Kemp

2016-08-29PhD student at cE3c (Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Portugal) and interested in tropical bat ecology and conservation. Conducted his BSc at the University of Nottingham, U.K and gained a MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds focussing on insectivorous bat communities in fragmented sacred groves in India. Recently worked as an Assistant with IUCN Brussels on the European Red List of Bees and Marine Fishes. Worked for Operation Wallacea as a bat scientist in Guyana, conducted a six month placement with the RSPB in Sierra Leone, and volunteered as a bat research assistant with ZSL and the University of Cambridge in Ghana.

Diogo Ferreira

He concluded his Bachelor in the University of Lisbon in 2013. For his thesis as part of the Masters program in Conservation Biology  he is studying the seasonal differences in individual species responses of Neotropical bats to landscape composition and configuration in a fragmented landscape in Central Amazonia (Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project – BDFFP).

Diogo Ferreira is now on the first year of his PhD, working on Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea with bats and food security using both mist-netting and bioacoustics under the supervision of Dr. Luke Powell (Univeristy of Glasgow)...

Irene Conenna

Irene Conenna completed her MSc in Environmental Biology at the University of Turin in 2016. She conducted her MSc thesis in collaboration with the Finnish Natural History Museum, investigating the joint role of weather conditions and habitat suitability on the reproductive success of Accipiter gentilis. Coming from a background in animal biodiversity conservation, she joined the team in May 2016 as a trainee to study patterns of research effort allocation on the global biodiversity of island restricted bats, focusing on the role of threat status and geographical range in leading scientific interest. She is now also working on the spatio-temporal distribution of bats in Sibiloi National Park, Kenya.

Laura Torrent

FB-Standard-Photo-0324Laura started collaborating with bat research in Catalonia in 2013 studying habitat selection and migration. Later one, in 2015, she  spent one year in Poland undertaking her BSc thesis, focused on hibernation bat census. Since then she has collaborated in several projects in Catalonia, Poland and Mexico. In 2017 she did her MSc project in Prague on Biological Conservation under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Meyer (University of Salford, UK), and PhD Adrià Lopez Baucells (University of Lisbon, Portugal), focused on the ecological role of temporal swamps on Neotropical bats, using acoustic data collected in the Amazon rainforest.

Natalie Yoh

Natalie is currently undertaking her Master’s course in the University of Salford (UK). Last year she finished her BSc(Hons) in Practical & Wildlife Conservation at the same university. For her thesis she is studying the effects of habitat fragmentation and edge effects on aerial insectivorous bats in the Amazon, under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Meyer (University of Salford, UK) and PhD Adrià López-Baucells (University of Lisbon, Portugal). Recently she collaborated in the bat population monitoring project in Calakmul (Mexico) as part of the Operation Wallacea team. She is also currently investigating standardisation methods for the identification of large Artibeus species.

Sílvia Fraixedas

Silvia Fraixedas completed her master degree in MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability after studying Environmental Biology at the Autonomus University of Barcelona (UAB). For her master thesis she studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on the functional treats of aerial insectivorous bats in the Amazon, under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Meyer (University of Salford, UK) and PhD Adrià López-Baucells (University of Lisbon, Portugal). Recently she finished an internship at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and she is willing to pursue her career in animal conservation.

.Paulo Estefano Dineli Bobrowiec

paulo_bobrowiec_bigHe undertook a BSc in Biological Science at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia and both MSc (Ecology) and PhD (Genetics, Conservation and Evolution) at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). His main area of expertise is bat ecology and works mainly on community structure, feeding strategies of frugivorous and hematophagous bats and bat pollination and see dispersal. His MSc field work was conducted at the BDFFP and was pioneer on the study of the effect of different secondary vegetation types on bat community composition in Central Amazonian bats whereas his PhD was dedicated to the feeding ecology of Desmodus rotundus.

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