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. 

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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