Biographies of Several Bat Biologists


Over the years, many inviduals have studied the Chiroptera and have helped improve our understanding of bats, e.g., Lazzaro Spallanzani in the mid-to-late 18th Century and Gerrit S. Miller, Jr. in the early 20th Century. Below are biographies of several modern day bat biologists, two of whom--Karl Koopman and Don Griffin--have been called "the pioneers of modern bat biology." The work of the these individuals includes the evolutionary relationships among bats, echolocation, and the natural history and ecology of bats. Their work has not only improved our knowledge of bats but also defined the importance of these animals to us and to our environment. Please click on the individual links to read about some of these scientists.

Karl Koopman (1920-1997)

Don Griffin (1915-2003)

Harold (Hal) Hitchcock (1903-1995)

Gerhard Neuweiler (1935-2008)

Bernardo Villa-Ramirez (1911-2006)

G. Roy Horst


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