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Director: Dr. Rusty Gonser


Our mission is to conduct and encourage research on bats, by collaborating with students and other scientists, and to make our findings available to the scientific community and the public through technical and popular publications, teaching, and outreach programs.


The Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation was established in September 2005 under the direction of Dr. John O. Whitaker, Jr. in the Biology Department of ISU. With the retirement of Dr. Whitaker in June 2012, directorship of the center was transferred to Dr. Joy O’Keefe. In March 2013, our name was changed to the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation.

How You Can Help

 If you’d like to volunteer your time, please contact us via email at