• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 
 

Mobilising bat occurrence data in Zambia

 

Zambia’s National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan identified “inadequate biodiversity trend data” and “lack of capacity” as serious issues limiting Zambia’s ability to prioritise biodiversity investment and implement conservation strategies. Zambian bats account for ~31% of Zambian mammalian biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem services. Bats are understudied due to their elusive behaviour and difficulties identifying cryptic species; consequently, the distribution and ecology of bats are poorly known in relation to other taxa. The main objectives of the project are: 1) Enhance the quality of ~500 museum bat specimen data, through morphological examination and molecular analysis to confirm species identity; 2) Collate data from other museums and previous research (>900) and cross reference to existing records on GBIF; 3) Extract species occurrence data from ~1000 pre-existing and verified bat acoustic calls; 4) Mobilise bat occurrence data not currently on GBIF; 5) Make bat distribution data available to researchers and policy-makers.

 
 
Research Team:
 
Hugo Rebelo

Hugo Rebelo

Auxiliary Researcher

 
Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Principal Researcher

 
 
Other Members:
George Mudenda, Clare Mateke, Liya Mutale, Rachael Cooper-Bohannon, Orly Razgour, Jones Masonde, Lackson Chama, Christopher Imakando, Moses Chibesa, Andrew Tyler, Kirsty Park, Paul Bates
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
Livinstone Museum, Zambia
 
Funded by:
BID, Biodiversity Information for Development
 
Dates:
2017 (Duration: 3 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO/UP, National Parks and Wildlife (Zambia), Copperbelt University (Zambia), Bats without Borders (UK), University of Stirling (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Harrison Institute (UK)
 
Reference:
BID-AF2017-0301-NAC