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 who was hired in part for this purpose. In March 2013, our name was changed to the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. Dr. O’Keefe left ISU in August 2020 to take a position at the University of Illinois. Ms. Brianne Walters is currently serving as Interim Director until the Director position is filled.

How You Can Help

Follow this link to make a monetary donation to the ISU Bat Center. If you’d like to volunteer your time, please contact us via email at