Dr Lia Gilmour

I started my current post-doctoral research position in the Bat Conservation Research Lab at the University West of England in Feb 2020, working with Dr Paul Lintott and Dr Emma Stone.

My research interests include ecology, behaviour and conservation, specifically in the field of human-wildlife interaction, including the following areas:

• Bat ecology, behaviour and bioacoustics
• Conservation biology
• Interactions of bats and human built structures (wind turbines, roads)

As part of my work I use the following research methods:

• Bat echolocation call recording and analysis
• Acoustic identification of bat calls (using manual and automated systems)
• Thermal and NIR imaging
• Bat tracking methods and stereo thermal videogrammetry

Academic background

I studied at the University of Bristol for my Biology undergraduate (2006-2009) and gained a fascination for bats on my second-year field course taught by Gareth Jones in Pembrokeshire.

I joined the Bristol Bat Lab in 2012 and graduated with an MSc by research in 2014. My masters was supervised by Professor Gareth Jones at Bristol and Dr Kate Barlow at the Bat Conservation Trust (funded by the BBC Wildlife Fund) and included species distribution modelling for Bechstein’s bats and investigations into an acoustic bat lure.

In 2014 I worked as a research assistant in the Bat Lab investigating the impact of climate change and agri-environment schemes on greater horseshoe bats and their insect prey (PTES funded).

I completed my PhD in the Bristol Bat Lab and graduated in Feb 2020. My PhD was supervised by Professor Gareth Jones, Dr Marc Holderied (BASE Lab UoB) and Dr Simon Pickering (Ecotricity). My PhD focussed on evaluating bat deterrence methods and the development of a thermal bat tracking system.

Alongside my PhD, I developed collaborations with industry partners, working on deterrence methods for bat mitigation in transport infrastructure (2016-2019)