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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
- Russo, D, Cistrone, L, Libralato, N, Korine, C, Jones, G & Ancillotto, L, 2017, Adverse effects of artificial lighting on bats. Animal Conservation.
- Froidevaux, J, Boughey, KL, Barlow, KE & Jones, G, 2017, Factors driving population recovery of the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in the UK: implications for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation.
- Machado, RB, Aguiar, L & Jones, G, 2017, Do acoustic indices reflect the characteristics of bird communities in the savannas of Central Brazil?. Landscape and Urban Planning, vol 162., pp. 36-43
- Lisón, F, Altamirano, A, Field, R & Jones, G, 2017, Conservation on the blink: Deficient technical reports threaten conservation in the Natura 2000 network. Biological Conservation, vol 209., pp. 11-16
- Wakefield, A, Broyles, MEJ, Stone, E, Jones, G & Harris, S, 2016, Experimentally comparing the attractiveness of domestic lights to insects: Do LEDs attract fewer insects than conventional light types?. Ecology and Evolution.
- Srinivasulu, B, Srinivasulu, A, Srinivasulu, C, Dar, TH, Gopi, A & Jones, G, 2016, First record of the Diadem Leaf-Nosed Bat Hipposideros diadema (E. Geoffroy, 1813) (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from the Andaman Islands, India with the possible occurrence of a hitherto unreported subspecies. Journal of Threatened Taxa, vol 8., pp. 9316-9321
- Russo, D, Billington, G, Bontadino, F, Dekker, J, Dietz, M, Gazaryan, S, Jones, G, Meschede, A, Rebelo, HEV, Reiter, G, Ruczyński, I, Tillon, L & Twisk, P, 2016, Identifying key research objectives to make European forests greener for bats. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 4.
- Zeale, MRK, Bennitt, E, Newson, SE, Packman, C, Browne, WJ, Harris, S, Jones, G & Stone, E, 2016, Erratum: Mitigating the Impact of Bats in Historic Churches: The Response of Natterer's Bats Myotis Nattereri to Artificial Roosts and Deterrence (PLoS ONE (2016) 11:1 (e0146782) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146782). PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Zamora-Gutierrez, V, Lopez-Gonzalez, C, Gonzalez, MCM, Fenton, B, Jones, G, Kalko, EKV, Puechmaille, SJ, Stathopoulos, V & Jones, KE, 2016, Acoustic identification of Mexican bats based on taxonomic and ecological constraints on call design. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol 7., pp. 1082-1091
- 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.
Networks & contacts
- Copenhagen university
- Queen Mary University of London
- East China Normal University
- University of Porto
- University of Naples
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