North America  
Dr. Merlin Tuttle, Honorary Year of the Bat Ambassador 
Dr. Merlin Tuttle is an ecologist, award-winning wildlife photographer and leading conservationist who has studied bats and championed their preservation for more than 50 years. He is known worldwide through his scientific discoveries, media appearances, popular articles and photographs. Click here to read more... 
Dr. Tuttle’s expositions include Harvard University and the British Museum, while his articles have been published in leading newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and National Geographic. In 1982, Dr. Tuttle founded Bat Conservation International (BCI), an organization devoted to research, education and conservation of bats. 
Dr. Tuttle has received numerous awards for his scientific, photographic and conservation achievements. In 1986, his research accomplishments were recognized through the Gerrit S. Miller, Jr. Award, the highest international honor conferred by colleagues in the field of chiropteran biology. In 1991, he received The Society for Conservation Biology’s Distinguished Achievement Award, honouring the accomplishments of BCI. In 1997, he received both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chuck Yeager Award and the Chevron/Times Mirror Magazine’s Conservation Award. Tuttle also received the National Wildlife Federation’s prestigious National Conservation Achievement Award for 2001. In 2002, The U.S. Postal Service featured 4 of Tuttle’s photographs in a commemorative stamp series. In 2007, Dr. Tuttle received a US Congressional Award on behalf of the achievements of Bat Conservation International. 
Additionally, BCI has received 3 national awards for Dr. Tuttle’s work on the Discover Bats! video and educator’s handbook on bats. Dr. Tuttle has authored 50 research publications, the best selling popular book, America’s Neighborhood Bats and the Bat House Builder’s Handbook. Dr. Tuttle has also given hundreds of major public lectures and research seminars, including at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell Universities; the American Museum of Natural History, the British Museum, South Africa’s Durban Natural Science Museum and the Smithsonian Institution; Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, the US National Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo; and the National Geographic Society Headquarters. Dr. Tuttle also gave the keynote address at the 2010 International Bat Research Conference held in the Czech Republic. 
In 1984, Dr. Tuttle’s conservation efforts were featured in the National Geographic Television special Merlin’s Bats. In 1985, Tuttle’s research was featured in the BBC special The Bat That Cracked the Frog Code. In 1990, the award-winning documentary The Secret World of Bats, spotlighting Tuttle and his conservation efforts, premiered on CBS television. The Secret World of Bats has aired in more than 100 countries. 
In 1984, Dr. Tuttle’s conservation efforts were featured in the National Geographic Television special Merlin’s Bats. In 1985, Tuttle’s research was featured in the BBC special The Bat That Cracked the Frog Code. In 1990, the award-winning documentary The Secret World of Bats, spotlighting Tuttle and his conservation efforts, premiered on CBS television. The Secret World of Bats has aired in more than 100 countries. 
In 2006, Dr. Tuttle’s lifelong conservation successes were featured in Merlin Tuttle, Guardian Angel of Bats, part of the “Heroes of Nature” television series in Europe. Tuttle’s other TV appearances include ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight; NBC’s Today Show, Dateline, and David Letterman Show; CBS’s Evening News; PBS’s Charlie Rose Show; the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, National Public Radio, Voice of America and other broadcast interviews worldwide. 
Tuttle’s accomplishments have been featured in most of the world’s major newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Time, People, Reader’s Digest and Stern magazines; the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle and Washington Post; the China Morning Post, Indonesian Times, Sydney Morning Herald and London Times. 
Thousands of publications, exhibits and websites worldwide have featured Dr. Tuttle’s photographs. These include 5 National Geographic articles, more than a dozen National Geographic Society books and magazines, and inclusion in National Geographic’s “100 Best Pictures.” Tuttle’s photographs in the “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats” traveling exhibit have helped educate more than 2 million people over a decade of touring in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Digital Photographer magazine also featured Tuttle’s work in its special issue — The best wildlife photographers of the world named by DP magazine in the year 2007. 
Latin America 
Dr. Rodrigo A. Medellín, Honorary Year of the Bat Ambassador 
Rodrigo A. Medellín has studied and worked on the ecology and conservation of mammals in Mexico for over 30 years. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Mexico, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Working in diverse settings in the field from rainforests to deserts to montane forests, his approach includes community ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology and, more recently, molecular ecology. Click here to read more... 
Dr. Medellín was head of the Mexican Government’s Wildlife Department in 1995-96 and continues to advise the government on wildlife issues. He is a Senior Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Ecology, University of Mexico, where he was previously Department Head of Ecology and Biodiversity. 
Professor Medellín has taught conservation biology and community ecology for over 20 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York and Andalusia International University in Spain, and Associate Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 
Dr. Medellín has produced more than 140 publications, including over 50 scientific papers in international journals and 35 books and book chapters on bat ecology and conservation, mammal diversity analyses and conservation of large mammals. He is interviewed often by the media, with dozens of appearances on local and national TV, radio stations and in the press each year. 
Dr. Medellín has served as President of the Mexican Society of Mammalogists and has chaired both the Committee for International Relations and the Latin American Fellowship Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy (2005-2010), where he is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He is also Associate Editor for the journals Conservation Biology, ORYX (the International Journal of Conservation) and Acta Chiropterologica. 
In 2004 Medellín was elected President of the Austral and Neotropical America Section of the Society for Conservation Biology; he has also served on the society’s Board of Governors. He was a Scientific Advisory Board member of Bat Conservation International (1996-2005) and currently sits on the scientific advisory boards of the Organization for Tropical Studies (La Selva Biological Station) and Lubee Bat Conservancy. He is Co-Chair (with Paul Racey) of the Bat Specialists Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN. Dr. Medellín founded and directs the 15-year-old program for the Conservation of Bats of Mexico. 
In 2000 Medellín was appointed representative of Mexico before CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). In 2002 he was elected representative of North America and Vice-Chair of the CITES Animals Committee; in 2004 and 2007 he was re-elected at the request of the Canadian and United States governments. In 2002 Dr. Medellín was invited to join the Millennium Project of the United Nations as a member of Task Force 6: Environmental Sustainability. 
Dr. Medellín has received numerous awards for scientific research and conservation. In 2004 he was awarded the Whitley Award for International Nature Conservation by HRH Princess Anne of England, the North American Society for Bat Research’s Gerrit S. Miller Award for outstanding service and contribution to the field of chiropteran biology and the 2004 National Nature Conservation Award, bestowed by Mexico’s President Vicente Fox. 
In 2007 the American Society of Mammalogists honored Medellín with the Aldo Leopold Award for his outstanding and lasting contribution to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. That same year he received the University of Florida’s first Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He also received the 2007 Conservation Scientist of the Year from Wildlife Trust in New York City in honor of his life-term conservation career in Mexico and Latin America. 
In 2008, Dr. Medellín received the Rolex Associate Award for Enterprise in recognition of his on-going 14-year bat conservation and research project (read more here), as well as Volkswagen Mexico’s “For the Love of the Planet” award. Volkswagen selected Dr. Medellín for his work on bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, jaguar, bat research and conservation in over 12 major protected areas of Mexico, plus his current work to create new protected areas that benefit large bat populations. 
Dr. Paul Racey, Honorary Year of the Bat Ambassador 
Dr. Paul Racey is Regius Professor of Natural History (Emeritus) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the founding chairman of the United Kingdom's Bat Conservation Trust and joint chairman of the Chiroptera Specialist Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission. Dr. Racey currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation in Cornwall's Tremough Campus near Falmouth. He also has a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship which is enabling him to complete projects on bat ecology and conservation in Madagascar. Click here to read more... 
In addition to his co-chairmanship with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Dr. Racey serves on the scientific committees and advisory boards of several conservation NGOs, including Fauna and Flora International, The Mammals Trust, UK (Grants Panel), Bat Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation International and the Lubee Bat Conservancy. 
Dr. Racey’s publications include the co-authored books Bat Biology and Conservation (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998) and Island Bats – Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Chicago University Press, 2009); reviews, chapters in books and contributions to international symposia and conferences; and research papers on diverse topics including bat biodiversity and forest degradation in Vietnam and the food habits of the endangered fossa carnivore mammal in Western Madagascar.  
Dr. Racey has been recognized for his outstanding service and contribution to the field of chiropteran biology by the North American Society for Bat Research (Gerrit S. Miller Award, 1995) and by the Mammal Society for his outstanding contribution in the fields of mammalian reproduction and ecology (Mammal Society Medal, 1996). In 2008 BBC Wildlife named Racey as one of 50 “Conservation Heroes” and in 2009 Dr. Racey received Bat Conservation Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  
OF PAUL ADRIAN RACEY (dob 07.05.44) 
Degrees, awards, honours, recognition 
BA 1965 MA (1968), PhD London (1972), DSc Aberdeen (1983) 
FIBiol (1987) FZS (1990) FRSE (1992) 
Gerrit S. Miller Award (1995) for “recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the field of chiropteran biology” 
Mammal Society Medal (1996) for “outstanding contribution in the fields of mammalian reproduction and ecology” 
Named by BBC Wildlife as one of 50 “Conservation Heroes” (2008) 
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bat Conservation Trust (2009) 
Current Appointments 
2009 - Regius Professor of Natural History (Emeritus), University of Aberdeen 
2007 - 2014 Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Exeter in Cornwall 
2010 - 2011 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship 
Conservation NGOs 
Madagasikara Voakajy 
2005 : Co-Founder, and member, General Assembly 
Fauna and Flora International 
1990 - : Council (Vice Chairman: 2006 - ) 
1993 - : Executive Committee 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 
1986 - : Chair, then Joint Chair, Bat Specialist Group 
The Mammals Trust, UK 
2000 - : Grants Panel 
Bat Conservation Trust 
2001 - : Science and Conservation Advisor 
Bat Conservation International 
2010 - : Scientific Advisory Board 
The Lubee Bat Conservancy, Florida 
1991 - : Scientific Advisory Board 
1995 - : Steering Committee 
Chiroptera Conservation and Information Network for South Asia 
2000 - : Facilitator of workshops on how to study bats (Kerala, India; Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal, Bhutan). 
Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, Nepal 
2009 - : Advisor 
Fleming, T.H. and Racey, P.A. Eds. (2009). Island Bats – Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Chicago University Press.549pp. 
A.M. Hutson, S.P. Mickleburgh & P.A. Racey (2001). Microchiropteran Bats – Global Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN, Gland. 258pp. 
T.H. Kunz & P.A. Racey.Eds. (1998) Bat Biology and Conservation (1998). Smithsonian Institution Press 365pp. (Wildlife Society of America – Wildlife Publications Award – Outstanding Edited Book.) 
Mickleburgh, S, Hutson, A.M. & Racey, P.A. (1992) Old World Fruit Bats – an Action Plan for their Conservation. IUCN, Gland. 
Recent invited reviews, chapters in books, contributions to symposia and conferences 
Haysom, K., Jones, G., Merrett, D. & Racey P.A. (2010) Bats pp 259-280 in Silent Summer –the state wildlife in Britain and Ireland . Ed. N. Maclean. CUP. 
Racey, P.A., Goodman, S.M. & Jenkins, R.K.B. (2009). The ecology and conservation of Malagasy Bats in T.H. & P.A. Racey.pp369-404 eds: Island Bats – Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Chicago University Press, Chicago. 549pp. 
Fleming,T.H. & Racey, P.A. (2009) An introduction to Island bats. Pp 1-14 in T.H. Fleming & P.A. Racey. Island Bats -Evolution, Ecology and Conservation. Chicago University Press, Chicago. 
Racey, P.A. (2009). Reproductive Assessment in Bats. pp 249-264 In Behavioural and Ecological Methods for the Study of Bats. 2nd Edition Eds. T.H. Kunz & S. Parsons. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 
Racey, P.A . (2009) Status, threats and conservation successes. Introduction to Special Issue on Bats.Endangered Species Research 8:1-3. 
Recent refereed research papers (published and in press) 
Christoph F. J. Meyer, Ludmilla M. S. Aguiar, Luis F. Aguirre1, Julio Baumgarten, Frank M. Clarke, Jean-François Cosson, Sergio Estrada Villegas, Jakob Fahr, Deborah Faria, Neil Furey, Mickaël Henry, Robert Hodgkison, Richard K. B. Jenkins, Kirsten. Jung, Tigga Kingston, Thomas H. Kunz, M. Cristina MacSwiney Gonzalez, Isabel Moya, Jean-Marc Pons, Paul A. Racey, Katja Rex, Erica M. Sampaio, Kathryn E. Stoner, Christian C. Voigt, Dietrich von Staden, Christa D. Weise & Elisabeth K. V. Kalko 
(in press) Long-term monitoring of tropical bats for anthropogenic impact assessment: gauging the statistical power to detect population change. 
Biological Conservation 
Randrianandrianina, F.H., Racey, P.A. & Jenkins, R.K.B. (2010) Hunting and consumption of mammals and birds by people in urban areas of western Madagascar. Oryx.44: 411-415 
Yuan, L-Y, Chen, J., Lin, B., Racey, P.A. & Zhang, Z. (in press) Differential expression and functional constraint of PRL-2 in hibernating bats. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. B. 
Srinivasulu, C., Racey, P A. & Mistry, S (2010) A key to the bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of South Asia. Journal of Threatened Taxa 12:1001-1076 
He, G., He, B., Racey, P.A, & Cui, J. (2010) Positive selection of the bat Interferon alpha gene family. Biochem Genet. DOI 10.1007/s10528-010-9365-9. 
Pio, D., Clarke, F.M., Mackie, I.M. & Racey, P.A. (2010) Echolocation calls of the bats of Trinidad, West Indies: is guild membership reflected in echolocation signal design. Acta Chiropterologica.12: 217-229. 
Riskin, D. & Racey, P.A. (2010) Madagascar’s sucker-footed not does not suck: attachment and detachment on a smooth surface by Myzopoda aurita. . Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 99: 233-240. 
Wang, Z., Han, N-J., Racey, P.A. & Zhang, S-Y. (2010) A comparative study of prenatal development in Miniopterus fuliginosus, Hipposideros armiger and H. pratti. BMC Developmental Biology 10:10 on line 
Ruczynski, I., Nicholls,B., Macleod, C.D. & Racey, P.A. (2010) Selection of roosting habitats by Nyctalus noctula and N.leisleri in Bialowieza Forest – adaptive responses to forest management. Forest Ecology and Management. 259:1633-1641. 
Furey, N., Mackie, I.J. & Racey, P.A. (2010) Bat biodiversity in Vietnamese karst: the implication of forest degradation. Biodiversity and Conservation 19:1821-1838. 
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