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Professor Gareth Jones

Ecology and behaviour of bats

Topics I am interested in:

  • Echolocation
  • Conservation biology
  • Social behaviour
  • Molecular ecology: phylogeny, population structure and kinship
  • Interactions between echolocating bats and prey that can hear ultrasound

Common noctule (Nyctalus noctula)

Research keywords

  • Bats
  • conservation
  • molecular ecology
  • global change

Research methods

  • Field experiments
  • GIS
  • molecular biology
  • recording and analysis of ultrasound

Research equipment

  • Ultrasound detectors
  • speakers
  • microphones
  • PCR machine

Research 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. 


  • Copenhagen university
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • East China Normal University
  • University of Porto
  • University of Naples