Supporting Professional Development: an African Sabbatical

Supporting Professional Development: an African Sabbatical

During winter 2019/20 ecologist Emily Moore has taken a sabbatical to travel and to work with the African Bat Conservation Trust. She has been involved in research in relation to the ecology of various bat species, including little epauletted fruit bat, white-bellied free-tailed bat, yellow-bellied house bat, and Egyptian slit-faced bat, and has also taken part in local projects to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy bat populations to ecosystems and local communities.

BSG was happy to support Emily’s sabbatical request; we were consulted on it well in advance, and this enabled us and Emily to ensure that all her project commitments were met or transferred to colleagues ahead of her break. We also recognised what an excellent opportunity it presented for Emily to develop her technical skill set through mist netting and harp trapping of bats with the African Bat Conservation Trust, and to recharge her batteries ahead of the forthcoming survey season.

We are looking forward to welcoming her back in late January 2020.

Top image: Little epauletted fruit bat

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