Welcome to BatsLab!
BatsLab is a recent joint initiative by Dr Christopher Turbill & A/Prof Justin Welbergen to create a much-needed primary academic destination for bat research in Australia.
Lack of knowledge is recognised as one of the major threats to the conservation of bats in Australia. We at aim to increase the understanding of Australia’s weird and wonderful bats and are committed to ensuring that conservation policy, practice and guidance is based on a robust scientific evidence base.
We combine our interests in ecophysiology, behavioural ecology and conservation to better understand the drivers of bat declines and so provide the information needed to underpin appropriate management interventions.
Our research is intrinsically collaborative and so we invite academics and conservation managers with an interest in Australian bats to join us in this endeavour.
We are based at the Lab of Animal Ecology of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, but our field work takes us across most Australian States and Territories, including Christmas Island.
Latest news: We are now advertising a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, based at Western Sydney University, to work on our ARC Linkage Project to better understand the vulnerability of Australian cave-roosting bats to the fungal disease called white-nose syndrome (closing 26 September), see:
And we also have a PhD Scholarship also at Western Sydney University to work on the hibernation physiology and ecology of Australian cave-roosting bats (closing 30 September), see: