I first started working with bats as part of an undergraduate-led expedition to Colombia in 1991. I was actually meant to be studying small mammals, but as our mammal traps never made it out of customs my friend, Kate Barlow, and I borrowed the bird team’s mist nets and started working on bats. No more small mammals for me, its been bats all the way since then. After a couple more summers leading expeditions in Colombia with Kate, I switched to Southeast Asia, where I have been working ever since. More recently, my grad students and I have begun projects in Africa, primarily Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc Zoology) at Royal Holloway University of London, and my PhD (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution) at Boston University (USA).
My research focuses on bat diversity and conservation in Southeast Asia.