Willy Pineda Lizano
Location: Costa Rica
Research: Diversity and migration of neotropical bat communities in an altitudinal gradient as key information for the conservation of Costa Rican bats
Species/Topic: Neotropical bats
Abstract: Neotropical bats are important pollinators, seed dispersers, and predators of nocturnal insects. Documenting the diversity, geographic, and altitudinal movements of Neotropical bat communities is a very important step towards the understanding of the seasonal and geographic dynamics of migratory movements. I will capture bats at four localities in a tropical altitudinal gradient once a month for a year. Each bat captured will be tagged for recapture identification, identified, measured, weighted, and reproductive status recorded. I will analyze the spatial and temporal patterns of neotropical bat communities in order to determine the correlations between changes on beta diversity of these communities with seasonal altitudinal migrations. The conservation implications of this study will allow police makers to include the spatial and temporal variation of bat communities on conservation strategies and protect this ecologically keystone group of mammals from the effect of climate change, and anthropogenic disturbance.