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Professor Gareth Jones
Professor Gareth Jones
Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of research
Ecology and behaviour of bats
Topics I am interested in:
- Conservation biology
- Social behaviour
- Molecular ecology: phylogeny, population structure and kinship
- Interactions between echolocating bats and prey that can hear ultrasound
I graduated from the University of London with a degree in Ecology, and then did my PhD on the behavioural ecology of birds at Stirling. I came to Bristol in 1985 to work on aerodynamics of bat flight, and was then awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to combine my interests in ecology, behaviour and bat biology. I have worked on bats on 5 continents, with recent studies based in China, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi and Colombia. In 2010 I was awarded the Gerrit S. Miller Award at the University of Toronto in recognition of "outstanding service and contribution to the field of chiropteran biology." My recent research has focussed on conservation biology, especially global change biology and molecular ecology.
Activities / Findings
- Past climates shaped the current hotspots of genetic diversity for the grey long-eared bat, one of the UK’s rarest mammals, but future climate change threatens these biodiversity hotspots (Razgour et al. (2013) Ecology Letters DOI: 10.1111/ele.12158).
- Climate change has major implications for the future distributions of bats in Europe (Rebelo et al. (2010) Global Change Biology 16: 561-576) and Southeast Asia (Hughes et al. (2012) Global Change Biology 18: 1854-1865.
- Street lighting, including novel LED technologies, can have adverse effects on bats (Stone et al. (2012) Global Change Biology 18: 2458-2465.
- A trade-off occurs at the genetic level between vision and echolocation in bats (Shen et al. (2013) PLoS ONE 8(7): e68867.
- Molecular methods can be used succesfully to identify insect species in bat droppings (Zeale et al. 2011) Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 236-244.
I teach Evolution and Diversity of Mammals (Level 1), Evolutionary Biology (Level 2) and a field course called 'Bats, Bugs and Biodiversity'.
- molecular ecology
- global change
- Field experiments
- molecular biology
- recording and analysis of ultrasound
- Rowse, EG, Harris, S & Jones, G, 2016, The Switch from Low-Pressure Sodium to Light Emitting Diodes Does Not Affect Bat Activity at Street Lights. PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Zeale, MRK, Bennitt, E, Newson, SE, Packman, C, Browne, WJ, Harris, S, Jones, G & Stone, E, 2015, Mitigating the impact of Bats in historic churches: The response of Natterer's Bats Myotis nattereri to artificial roosts and deterrence. PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Stone, E, Zeale, MRK, Newson, SE, Browne, WJ, Harris, S & Jones, G, 2015, Managing conflict between bats and humans: The response of soprano pipistrelles (pipistrellus pygmaeus) to exclusion from roosts in houses. PLoS ONE, vol 10.
- Wakefield, A, Stone, E, Jones, G & Harris, S, 2015, Light-emitting diode street lights reduce last-ditch evasive manoeuvres by moths to bat echolocation calls. Royal Society Open Science, vol 2.
- Stone, E, Wakefield, A, Harris, S & Jones, G, 2015, The impacts of new street light technologies: experimentally testing the effects on bats of changing from low-pressure sodium to white metal halide. Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, vol 370.
- Froidevaux, JSP, Zellweger, F, Bollmann, K, Jones, G & Obrist, MK, 2015, From field surveys to LiDAR: Shining a light on how bats respond to forest structure. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol 175., pp. 242-250
- Stone, EL, Wakefield, A, Harris, S & Jones, G, 2015, The impacts of new street light technologies: experimentally testing the effects on bats of changing from lowpressure sodium to white metal halide. Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences.
- Stone, EL, Harris, S & Jones, G, 2015, Impacts of artificial lighting on bats: A review of challenges and solutions. Journal of mammalogy.
- Read, J, Jones, G & Radford, AN, 2014, Fitness costs as well as benefits are important when considering responses to anthropogenic noise.. Behavioral Ecology, vol 25., pp. 4-7
- Shen, B, Fang, T, Dai, M, Jones, G & Zhang, S, 2013, Independent Losses of Visual Perception Genes Gja10 and Rbp3 in Echolocating Bats (Order: Chiroptera). PLOS ONE, vol 8.
Networks & contacts
- Copenhagen university
- Queen Mary University of London
- East China Normal University
- University of Porto
- University of Naples
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