Dr Justin A. Welbergen
Justin is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University), where he leads the Lab of Animal Ecology.
Justin is also President of the Australasian Bat Society, a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats across 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 and Dr Anastasia Dalziell are currently busy developing 'LyrebirdLab', with the aim of running a comprehensive research program into cultural evolution of song and dance in lyrebirds (Menuridae) and their close relatives.
Justin 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 (ABN 59 088 450 913), and advises government and the private sector on flying-fox-related issues.