Miss Alice Hughes

Contact details

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UG.
phone: +44 (0)117 954586 (Internal 46386)
fax: +44 (0)117 331 7985

DOB: 19/04/1985

PhD research

Predicting the distribution of threatened bats in Thailand, through the use of computer modeling

Overall project aims and objectives

  1. To produce predictive models of the current distribution of the maximum number of Thai bat species within Thailand, and South-East Asia when sufficient data is available.

  2. To review all relevant literature, and museum collections to find all records of Thai bat species throughout South-East Asia.

  3. To produce extrapolative models of the distributions of these species under projected future climatic and landcover conditions (forecasting).

  4. To produce predictions of the past distributions of these species (hindcasting) to look at glacial refugia, ancient seaways and migration routes, and attempt to explain or elucidate on the zoogeographic divide which exists around the Isthmus of Kra.

  5. To establish the existence, and location of the Isthmus of Kra and whether this location holds constant across species.

  6. To determine hotspots of bat diversity by combining the predictive maps generated for different species to allow overall biodiversity patterns to be seen and allow concentrated and effective targeted conservation efforts.

  7. To form a more comprehensive compilation as to species locations and requirements throughout Thailand and South-East Asia and hopefully in this to aid conservation and influence development planning within key areas.

  8. To train students and researchers in the techniques used, in order to facilitate future research.

  9. To produce a call reference key, and protocol to allow the analysis of areas through acoustic transects; this may allow more rapid and comprehensive surveys of echolocating bats in area assessment. This will also allow the surveying of bats utilizing different strata of the forest, which are problematic to capture due to the conditions of the area.


This information will improve the available knowledge of Thai bat fauna, and primary factors effecting species distribution. It should show species requirements and high priority areas for conservation, and the response to habitat change within Thailand of the target species.

This will therefore allow targeted and more effective conservation measures, through the specific targeting of key threats, and influential factors. Increased bat survival will ensure a continuation the ecosystem services they are responsible for, thus better conditions for the survival of other species.

This will allow predictions to be made over future response to habitat change, and thus allow predictions to be made under future predictions and thus conservation planning to lessen the effect of future development.

Additionally it is possible that I will Expand the models to give predictions over a wider area of South-East Asia.





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