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December 2023 NABat News

Updated: Dec 19, 2023



Call for Proposals - American Clean Power

American Clean Power (ACP) has opened the Call for Proposals for speaking and poster presentations at the 2024 ACP Siting & Permitting Conference through 5 January 2024. The conference will take place 11-13 March 2024 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U. S.


Call for Abstracts - NOWRDC

The National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium (NOWRDC) has partnered with Innovate UK to launch its Innovations in Offshore Wind – Solicitation 3.0, which includes a challenge area on technologies that reduce offshore wind development’s impacts on the marine biosphere. Proposals must contain both a US-led and UK-led scope and are due 10 January 2024.


GBatNet Student Selection

GBatNet brings together 18 existing bat diversity networks and affiliated organizations from across the world with the shared vision of sustainable bat diversity in a changing world. Students are a key part of fulfilling this vision. GBatNet is committed to broadening participation in STEM both in the US and abroad, and we encourage application by students from any under-represented and under-served groups. We are looking for the next generation of global leaders in research and conservation to participate in GBatNet activities over the next five years and would like to include a plurality of voices and viewpoints.


Call for Abstracts and Proposals - State of Science

The State of Science on Offshore Wind Energy, Wildlife, and Fisheries will be held in Long Island, New York, July 16-19, 2024. The conference is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations and proposals for symposia and side meetings. The 2024 Workshop theme is Taking an Ecosystem Approach: Integrating Offshore Wind, Wildlife, and Fisheries, and will be the first State of the Science to include a focus on fisheries as well as environmental and wildlife topics.


Call for Submissions – Journal of North American Bat Research

Bats provide crucial ecosystem services such as insect pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal. However, many bat species are suffering population declines from threats such as white-nose syndrome, fatalities at wind turbines, and habitat loss. Meanwhile, other species have unknown conservation status because of a lack of information on population trends. Therefore, there is a pressing need to advance methodology for surveying bat populations and monitoring how populations change over time and across their geographic range. This special issue is dedicated to describing and illustrating the application of innovative methods for counting bats and monitoring the populations of these elusive aerial creatures.

Please direct all questions and submission inquiries to special issue editor Aaron Corcoran (acorcora@uccs.edu). The submission deadline is April 1st, 2024.



January CoP Call: Year in Review

Join us for the January 2024 NABat Community of Practice Call: Year in Review. Members of the NABat Central Coordinating Office will share accomplishments and program updates from the 2023 calendar year. The meeting will take place on January 17, 2024 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM MT.



If you want to be added to the distribution list for NABat CoP calls, please reach out to Andrea Schuhmann.



Conferences

January 10 - 12: Northeast Bat Working Group Annual Meeting, Saratoga, NY, USA

February 14 - 16: Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Annual Meeting, Hilton Head Island, NC, USA

March 25 – 29: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

April 2 - 4: Midwest Bat Working Group Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, USA


Check out the NABat Events page for a complete list of training webinars, meeting links, and all other upcoming events!



















Doctoral Position - Protecting Hibernating Bats from White-Nose Syndrome

A position is available for a doctoral student to study the ecology and conservation of bat species affected by white-nose syndrome, an infectious fungal disease of wildlife that has threatened hibernating bats across much of North America. Research will focus on management-relevant science designed to understand and conserve bats and reduce the impacts of this devastating disease. The doctoral student will undertake scientific studies to advance understanding of bats and their response to white-nose syndrome, and to evaluate strategies to protect them from the worst effects of the disease. The position will begin in


Summer or Fall of 2024 in the research group of Dr. Brent Sewall (https://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall ) in the Department of Biology (https://cst.temple.edu/department-biology ) at Temple University, a large public research university located in and near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Bat Field Technicians

The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database is seeking field technicians to conduct batsurveys in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Specifically, work will occur on 13 different National Park Service Units across these states. The primary objective of this project is to conduct an annual White-nose Syndrome (WNS) surveillance program in the region. Technicians will work as a team mist netting and collecting WNS samples from bats at pre-defined sites throughout these study areas.



MS Position - University of Nebraska

Dr. Han Li’s Bat Ecology Lab (https://sites.google.com/view/dr-lis-adventure-of-bat-ecolog/ or https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3627-5941) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is actively seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the research team. This student will take the lead on a USFWS-funded project, evaluating the impact of white-nose syndrome on bats in eastern Nebraska through acoustic surveys. The student is encouraged to utilize baseline survey data to develop their independent research project. This position will be funded by a combination of graduate teaching assistantship and research assistantship for two years, including a stipend ($19,000 - $21,000 per year including summer), tuition waiver, and a discount for the university mandatory student insurance policy. The anticipated start date is May 2024.


To apply, please send your CV and unofficial transcript(s) via email to hanli@unomaha.edu (subject line: Three bat candidate). In the email, provide a brief description of yourself, your interest in the project, and your long-term career goals. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Qualified candidates will be invited to officially apply via https://www.applyweb.com/unograd/index.ftl by January 15th, 2024.


Bat Technicians

Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hiring 2 technicians for statewide bat work. Duties may include mist netting, non-technical caving, and acoustic work. The work schedule will vary (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed). Applicants should expect to work at night, in cold weather, and with biting insects. Technicians may be asked to hike long distances in challenging conditions, in steep and rugged terrain, with heavy packs.



Bat Ecologist

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking a Bat Ecologist. Serve as statewide expert on bat ecology, conservation, research, monitoring, and management. Administers and develops the technical basis and recommendations for statewide bat conservation and population management.



Director of People and Culture

Bat Conservation International is seeking a Director of People and Culture. Based remotely in the United States and reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Director of People & Culture will lead our efforts in cultivating a healthy, thriving, and inclusive workplace. The Director of People & Culture will be a strategic partner, visionary leader, and champion of company culture. This role is responsible for developing and executing HR strategies that drive organizational excellence, employee engagement, talent development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 



Field Technicians

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking 2 field technicians to assist with the 2024 summer field sampling for the Illinois Bat Conservation Program (IBCP), including acoustic surveys and mist netting. Technicians will generally work in teams of 2 to complete tasks which include communicating with landowners, deploying stationary bat acoustic recorders, driving mobile acoustic transects, and assisting with mist netting with the field team. Technicians will also be responsible for backing up, processing, and data entry of acoustic output.






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