Justin Welbergen

President of the Australasian Bat Society | Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology, Western Sydney University

I'm a Senior Lecturer at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University), where I lead the “Lab of Animal Ecology”.

I'm also President of the Australasian Bat Society, a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats in Australasia; and I'm co-founder of 'BATsLAB', a recent joint initiative to create a much-needed primary academic destination for bat research in Australia.

My research covers a range of subjects in whole organism biology, but focuses on evolutionary ecology, which is concerned with the ways organisms respond adaptively to changes in their social, ecological, and physical environment. I have parallel interests in conservation and climate change biology, and particularly in the areas of endangered species biology, human-wildlife conflict, impacts of extreme events, and conservation planning.

For details see: WWW.ANIMALECOLOGYLAB.ORG

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney
  • 2014–present
    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Biology & Climate Change, James Cook University
  • 2011–2013
    ARC Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Biology & Climate Change, James Cook University
  • 2010–2011
    Visiting Fellow, the Australian National University
  • 2005–2009
    Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Education

  • 2005 
    The University of Cambridge, PhD / Zoology
  • 2000 
    The University of Amsterdam, MSc / Biology

Professional Memberships

  • President of the Australasian Bat Society