Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World


This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit crops are explored in depth. Finally, contributors highlight the roles that taxonomy, conservation networks and conservation psychology have to play in conserving this imperilled but vital taxon.

With over 1300 species, bats are the second largest order of mammals, yet as the Anthropocene dawns, bat populations around the world are in decline. Greater understanding of the anthropogenic drivers of this decline and exploration of possible mitigation measures are urgently needed if we are to retain global bat diversity in the coming decades. This book brings together teams of international experts to provide a global review of current understanding and recommend directions for future research and mitigation.

Editors: Voigt, Christian C., Kingston, Tigga  606 pages. Published by Springer International Publishing. Copyright Springer International Publishing Switzerland. First Edition. 25  b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in color. 

Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-25218-6

Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79753-3


Bats in the Anthropocene

Voigt, Christian C. (et al.)

Pages 1-9

Urbanisation and Its Effects on Bats—A Global Meta-Analysis

Jung, Kirsten (et al.)

Pages 13-33

Bats and Roads

Altringham, John (et al.)


Pages 35-62

Responses of Tropical Bats to Habitat Fragmentation, Logging, and Deforestation

Meyer, Christoph F. J. (et al.)


Pages 63-103

Insectivorous Bats and Silviculture: Balancing Timber Production and Bat Conservation

Law, Bradley (et al.)

Pages 105-150

Bats in the Anthropogenic Matrix: Challenges and Opportunities for the Conservation of Chiroptera and Their Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes

Williams-Guillén, Kimberly (et al.)

Pages 151-186

Dark Matters: The Effects of Artificial Lighting on Bats

Rowse, E. G. (et al.)

Pages 187-213

Bats and Water: Anthropogenic Alterations Threaten Global Bat Populations

Korine, Carmi (et al.)


Pages 215-241

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Frick, Winifred F. (et al.)

Pages 245-262

Zoonotic Viruses and Conservation of Bats

Schneeberger, Karin (et al.)

Pages 263-292

Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Bats: A Global Perspective

Arnett, Edward B. (et al.)

Pages 295-323

Exploitation of Bats for Bushmeat and Medicine

Mildenstein, Tammy (et al.)

Pages 325-375

The Conflict Between Pteropodid Bats and Fruit Growers: Species, Legislation and Mitigation

Aziz, Sheema Abdul (et al.)

Pages 377-426

Bats and Buildings: The Conservation of Synanthropic Bats

Voigt, Christian C. (et al.)

Pages 427-462

Conservation Ecology of Cave Bats

Furey, Neil M. (et al.)

Pages 463-500

The Roles of Taxonomy and Systematics in Bat Conservation

Tsang, Susan M. (et al.)

Pages 503-538

Networking Networks for Global Bat Conservation

Kingston, Tigga (et al.)

Pages 539-569

 Cute, Creepy, or Crispy—How Values, Attitudes, and Norms Shape Human Behavior Toward Bats

Kingston, Tigga


Pages 571-595