Dr Justin A. Welbergen
Justin is a Senior Lecturer 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, a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats in Australasia; and co-founder of 'BATsLAB', a recent joint initiative with Dr Christopher Turbill to create a much-needed primary academic destination for bat research in Australia.
Justin is an animal ecologist with strong interests in behavioural ecology, climate change biology and conservation, and his research focuses on the ways in which animals respond to changes in their social, ecological, and physical environment. His work includes bats and birds but is not limited to these taxonomic groups.
He has published his work in SCIENCE, Nature Climate Change, Current Biology and Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B (2,3), among others; and he has recently 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 and advises government and the private sector on flying-fox-related issues.