UNC Professor Co-Editor of New Book on Bats

Rick Adams

Rick Adams

University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams is co-editor of a new book on bat evolution, ecology and conservation that's scheduled to be released July 31.

The graduate-level book includes previously unpublished manuscripts and contributions from 57 authors worldwide covering the complex world of the elusive mammals. The authors offer new perspectives on bat biology, including white-nose syndrome and the state of global bat populations.

Bat Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation, published by Springer Publishing, will be of interest to students, professional biologists, wildlife managers, conservationists, educators, environmental consultants, and anyone else interested in the broad and rich array of topics.

Adams, author of the award-winning book Bats of the Rocky Mountain West, conducts research in mammalian ecology, focusing on the evolution and ecology of bats. He's also co-authored two books on bat ecology and contributed numerous articles on the subject to scientific journals. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado.

For more information on Adams and his research, visit Biological Sciences' website.

Importance of Bats to Global Ecosystems

  • They compose 22 percent of all living mammal species.
  • They're important components of ecosystems worldwide.
  • There are 45 species in North America, with the majority occurring in the western portion of continent.
  • There are 18 species in Colorado.
  • They consume metric tons of insects every night including mosquitoes and agricultural pests.
  • The cost of loss of bats just in terms of agriculture is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
  • Bats in the western United States are primary pollinators for saguaro and organ pipe cactus that are keystone species in the region.
  • They are important as conduits of energy and nutrients into cave, mine and cliff-crevice ecosystems that house some of the most unique biodiversity on earth.
  • Bats are important components of food webs, acting as prey for many other predator species such as owls and other raptors as well as mammalian and reptilian carnivores that prey on them in their roost sites.
  • They are important indicators of ecosystem health and declines in their populations signal eventual declines in many other species they share habitats with.

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