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Special Issue "Human-Bat Interactions and Sustainable Conservation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2022 | Viewed by 275

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tanja M. Straka
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Institute of Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, Rothenburgstr. 12, 12565 Berlin, Germany
Interests: urban ecology; conservation ecology; bats; conservation social sciences
Dr. Ewan Macdonald
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Guest Editor
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Interests: ecology; transdisciplinary conservation; human dimensions; conservation marketing
Prof. Dr. Joanna Coleman
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Queens College at the City University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Interests: urban ecology; conservation biology; human dimensions; environmental psychology; bats
Prof. Dr. Tigga Kingston
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Guest Editor
Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA
Interests: conservation ecology; bats; human dimensions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bats are a key component of global and local biodiversity, and the rapid conversion of natural habitats to human-dominated land uses increasingly brings people and bats into contact, with both positive and negative outcomes. Bats, arguably more than most other taxa, face an image crisis (they are widely maligned), which makes bat conservation more challenging. Furthermore, research on human–bat interactions often focuses on conflict, whereas reports of successful conservation interventions are underrepresented. Yet, human–bat interactions fall on a spectrum, and promoting information about positive interactions would facilitate management practices that emphasize coexistence, rather than conflict, with bats. Clearly, human behaviors toward bats, as toward other wildlife, are complex and require contextual understanding, especially given the urgent need for their conservation.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform to explore the spectrum of human–bat interactions and present successful interventions that have addressed human–bat conflicts in different contexts. We particularly invite manuscripts addressing:

  1. Interventions intended to solve human–bat conflicts; here, we invite success stories as well as manuscripts reporting on lessons learned from less-successful interventions.
  2. Social science theories and concepts applied to the antecedents of human–bat conflicts (e.g., attitudes, emotions, beliefs etc).
  3. The full spectrum of human–bat interactions (i.e., positive and negative).

References:

Low, M. R., Hoong, W. Z., Shen, Z., Murugavel, B., Mariner, N., et al. (2021). Bane or blessing? Reviewing cultural values of bats across the Asia-Pacific region. Journal of Ethnobiology, 41(1), 18-34

MacFarlane, D., & Rocha, R. (2020). Guidelines for communicating about bats to prevent persecution in the time of COVID-19. Biological Conservation, 248, 108650.

Prokop, P., Fančovičová, J., & Kubiatko, M. (2009). Vampires are still alive: Slovakian students' attitudes toward bats. Anthrozoös, 22(1), 19-30.

Straka, T. M., Coleman, J., Macdonald, E. A., & Kingston, T. (2021). Human dimensions of bat conservation–10 recommendations to improve and diversify studies of human-bat interactions. Biological Conservation, 262, 109304.

Dr. Tanja M. Straka
Dr. Ewan Macdonald
Prof. Dr. Joanna Coleman
Prof. Dr. Tigga Kingston
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • bats
  • human–wildlife interactions
  • human dimensions of wildlife
  • conservation psychology
  • conservation social sciences
  • conservation applications

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