‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Dr Sara Bumrungsri of the Prince of Songkla University measuring a bat specimen in the field.

Computer map predicting the distribution of the leaf-neased bat Hipposideros cineraceus.

In-country co-ordinator, Assoc. Prof. Dr Chutamas Satasook, Dean of Science and Director of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Museum, Prince of Songkla University.

Testing models that predict the distribution and ecological requirements of threatened bat species in Thailand

Host country: Thailand

Project objective: Conservation planning in Thailand is constrained by limited scientific data on the distribution, ecology and taxonomy of its fauna. This need is addressed by using Geographic Information Systems to model environmental requirements and distributions of threatened bat species. Predictions will be tested by training Thai students in taxonomy, and by conducting surveys that identify species from echolocation calls. Bats are used as model taxa because they are widespread and perform crucial ecological functions. The approach is also transferable to other taxa.

Collaborating institutions: University of Bristol, UK (project co-ordinator); Prince of Songkla University in Thailand; and the Harrison Institute
Harrison Institute contact: Dr Paul Bates – harrisoninstitute@btinternet.com

In-country contact: Associate Professor Dr Chutamas Satasook, Dean of Science, Prince of Songkla University – chutamas.p@psu.ac.th

Principal Funder: PMI2 (Prime Ministers Initiative), British Council - £39,951


Hughes, A.C., C. Satasook, P.J.J. Bates, P. Satasook, T. Sritongchuay, G. Jones, and S. Bumrungsri. 2011. Using echolocation calls to identify Thai bat species: Vespertilionidae, Emballonuridae, Nycteridae and Megadermatidae. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(2): 447-455. [PDF available]

Hughes, A. C. , C. Satasook, P. J. J. Bates, S. Bumrungsri, and Gareth Jones. 2011. Explaining the causes of the zoogeographic transition around the Isthmus of Kra: using bats as a case study. Journal of Biogeography, 2011: 1-11.