Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab

Maternity colony of lesser horseshoe bats

The Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab conducts research on the ecology, behaviour and conservation biology of bats. The head of the lab is Professor Gareth Jones, and the current staff complement includes three honorary staff, two post-doctoral research assistants and ten post-graduate students.


Our facilities include:

  • A variety of bat-detectors and digital acquisition devices for use in the field (Ultra Sound Advice, Pettersson)
  • Two four-wheel drive lab vehicles
  • Racal instrument tape recorders and a Racal-Heim Disc6 multichannel recorder (1280 kHz over 5 channels)
  • Keithley Digital Acquisition Systems and waveform generators
  • Kay DSP 5500 Sonagraph
  • Two 500kHz 12-bit PCMCIA sound aquisition cards (National Instruments)
  • National Instruments analogue-digital signal aquisition and digital-analogue signal generation system
  • Labview Virtual Instrument software
  • Matlab 5.3 software including Signal Processing, Neural Network, Wavelet, Data Aquisition, and Statistical toolboxes
  • Brüel and Kjær and Larson-Davis high-frequency microphones
  • Noldus Technology 'Signal' digital sound aquisition and generation software
  • Pettersson Electronik 'BatSound' sound analysis systems
  • 7 Anabat recording systems
  • Avisoft sound analysis software
  • Infra-red video and Noldus Observer® video analysis software
  • Radio telemetry equipment and software for animal movement analysis
  • Digital stereovideogrammetry and stereophotogrammetry systems
  • A variety of apparatus for the broadcast and manipulation of ultrasound
  • Molecular ecology equipment up to PCR stage (including DNA Engine thermal cycler)

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Contact Information

Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1UG
United Kingdom.

tel. (lab) +44 (0) 117 954 6386
fax. (department) +44 (0) 117 928 7374

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