Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 219–221 | Cite as

How to Study Bats: Second Edition of a Classic Some Twenty Years Later

Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats, Second Edition. Edited by Thomas H. Kunz and Stuart Parsons. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2009. 901 pp., $100.00 (hardcover). ISBN 0-8018-9147-7
  • Norberto P. Giannini
Book Review

Bats are hard to study. Second only to rodents in taxonomic diversity among mammals, bats challenge the researcher with astonishing variation in life history traits. Their ability to fly, their nocturnal, often secretive habits, their generally small size, and their variable metabolism that allows them to enter torpor and hibernation, represent several in a long list of formidable difficulties that researchers face in studying bats, both in the field and laboratory. Bats as subjects of scientific inquiry are as rich as might be expected from their exceptional diversity. That is why conceiving and producing a book on research methods like the one reviewed here represents an extraordinary challenge in the rapidly growing field of Chiropterology.

The highly successful first edition, edited by Kunz (1988), became a standard reference in bat biology research (>1000 citations on Google Scholar as of January 2011). Twenty one years later, the second edition of this monumental book,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasTucumánArgentina
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel LilloTucumánArgentina
  3. 3.Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate ZoologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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