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Spallanzani Award

The Spallanzani Award assists distinguished bat researchers from outside North America to attend the North American Symposium on Bat Research. Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729 -1799) was an Italian biologist and physiologist who made important contributions to the experimental study of anatomy and physiology, animal reproduction, and was instrumental in discovering the mechanism of animal echolocation. Spallanzani is famous for extensive experiments on bat navigation in complete darkness. He concluded that bats use sound and their ears for navigation.  Spallanzani investigated each individual sense, trying to discover which governed bat navigation. Through the process of elimination, he found that plugging a bat's ears rendered it directionless. Spallanzani's hypothesis of echolocation ability of bats wasn't fully explained for well over a century when in 1941, when Donald R. Griffin first described bat's sensitivity to sound waves. 

To nominate someone, contact the Spallanzani Award Chair.

Spallanzani Award Guidelines

Nominations should be submitted to the Selection Committee by any NASBR member (defined in bylaws of NASBR). The nomination package should include: a detailed curriculum vitae, and a detailed letter of support providing specific information about the contributions of the nominee to bat research, education and/or conservation in the home country. The letter of support should also comment on the potential for the nominee to deliver a high-quality presentation, in English, on the nominee’s research and conservation work. A Fellow may receive this award one time only.

An award will be conferred only if the nominee agrees to attend the joint meeting of NASBR and IBRC, with the amount of financial support that NASBR is able to offer. Exceptions may be granted for reasons of age, illness, or visa difficulty.

Spallanzani Fellows will present an oral paper (strongly preferred) or possibly a poster at the IBRC meeting. The presentation could report on, either an overview of a research and conservation program in the home country, or provide results of a specific research or conservation project or projects.

To the extent funds permit, air tickets to the meeting location, meeting registration fees, banquet ticket, and hotel, will be purchased directly by the NASBR Treasurer or a NASBR facilitating member approved by the Treasurer on behalf of a fellow. If e-tickets are not available in the country of origin, the Fellow may be instructed to purchase an air ticket and be reimbursed (in whole or in part as funding permits) upon providing receipts to the Treasurer of NASBR.

Munkhnast Dalannast
Mongolian National University of Education
2022 - NASBR 50 - AUSTIN, TX

Vu Dinh Thong
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam 
2018 - NASBR 48 - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Ludmilla Aguiar
University of Brasilia, Brazil
2017 - NASBR 47 - Knoxville, TN

Pipat Soisook
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
2016 - NASBR 46 - San Antonio, TX

Rubén Barquez
University of Tucumán, Argentina
2015 - NASBR 45 - Monterey, CA

Paul Webala
Massai Mara University, Kenya
2015 - NASBR 45 - Monterey, CA

Sigit Wiantoro
Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia
2014 - NASBR 44 - Albany, NY

G. Marimuthu
Madurai Kamraj University, India
2013 - NASBR 43 - San Jose, CR

Luis Aguirre
Centro de Biodiversidad y Genética, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia
2012 - NASBR 42 - San Juan, PR

Elena Godlevska
Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, Ukraine
2012 - NASBR 42 - San Juan, PR

Diego Tirira
Mamíferos and Conservation Foundation, Ecuador
2002 - NASBR 42 - San Juan, PR

Emanuel Cristian Mora Macías
Havana University, Cuba
2011 - NASBR 41 - Toronto, ON

Sara Bumrungsri
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
2010 - NASBR 40 - Denver, CO

Pascual J. Soriano
Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela
2009 - NASBR 39 - Portland, OR

Robert Kityo
Makerere University, Uganda
2008 - NASBR 38 - Scranton, PA

Lim Boo Liat
World Health Organization, Malaysia
2007 - NASBR 37 - Merida, MX

Ara Monadjem
University of Swaziland, Swaziland
2007 - NASBR 37 - Merida, MX

Gilberto Silva Toboada
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Cuba
2007 - NASBR 37 - Merida, MX

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