Associate Professor Justin A. Welbergen
Justin is a Associate Professor (Reader) of Animal Ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University), where he leads the Lab of Animal Ecology.
He is also President of the Australasian Bat Society (ABS), a ~500-member nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats across Australasia (join the ABS here).
He is further co-founder of 'BATsLAB', a joint initiative with Dr Christopher Turbill to create a much-needed primary academic destination for bat research in Australia.
And finally, Justin and Dr Anastasia Dalziell lead 'LyrebirdLab' that focuses on the behavioural ecology of the Superb and the Albert's lyrebird (family: Menuridae), and their close relatives, throughout Australia.
Justin is an active member of a broad range of state and Commonwealth committees and boards advising government on wildlife conservation and management matters. He has held various academic governance positions throughout his career, including as the current Deputy Chair of the WSU Animal Care and Ethics Committee.
Justin has published his work in SCIENCE, Nature Climate Change, Current Biology and Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B (2,3) and BMC Biology, among others; and he has contributed to several high-profile reviews in Annual Reviews in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Ecology Letters, Biological Reviews, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Animal Behaviour (for a full list see here).
In his spare time Justin is an enthusiastic nature photographer and wildlife sound recordist, and these interests take him to many remote locations in Australia and beyond.
He is also a professional wildlife consultant (ABN 59 088 450 913), and advises government and the private sector on flying-fox-related issues.
Uncannily accurate impression of Justin Welbergen by The Guardian's First Dog on the Moon