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Cori Lausen

Director of Bat Conservation

Western Bats

Dr. Cori Lausen, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Director of Bat Conservation, lives and works in British Columbia. She has an MSc and PhD in bat ecology, physiology and landscape genetics. Her research and conservation has largely focussed on bats in western Canada, and she has taught many bat-related courses in US, Canada and abroad. Cori has specialized in the application of bat acoustics and inventory methods including capture and genetic sampling. She helped develop the North American Bat Monitoring program, is lead author of the Bat of British Columbia (2022), and oversees a team of WCSC staff and contractors that make up the Western Canada Bat Conservation Program. Projects are diverse with many partners and include creating and monitoring roosts, developing and testing a probiotic to reduce the severity of white-nose syndrome, discovering hibernacula and studying winter ecology, radiotracking bats to inform forestry practices and policies, and more.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.
2020-12-28

Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.

Many of us might struggle to see a moose on a moonless night, let alone a mosquito. But some bats have a nifty trick — they use their ears to locate their bug prey.
Cori Lausen
Night sounds: Listening to and understanding bats, our only flying mammal
2020-10-26

Night sounds: Listening to and understanding bats, our only flying mammal

We sat down for an audio interview with WCS Canada bat specialist, Dr. Cori Lausen to learn what makes bats so fascinating.
Cori Lausen
What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.
2019-09-27

What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.

In a warming climate, some bat houses could be death traps. But community-level bat boxes can help give bats more room and options to raise young safely.
Cori Lausen

Media coverage

Echoes in the Dark: Unveiling the Mysteries of Bats with Cori Lausen

In this episode, Cori unravels the secrets of these nocturnal creatures and the critical efforts underway to protect them.
2024-03-04 | Northern Latitudes podcast

Bats can sing—and this species might be crooning love songs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, scientists discover only the second North American bat species known to sing.
2024-02-14 | National Geographic

Bats have a unique superpower. Climate change is turning it into a liability

“They break all the rules,” said Cori Lausen, a bat expert at the environmental group Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.
2024-01-30 | Vox

Press releases

Bats need homes, but they need the right homes
2023-11-28

Bats need homes, but they need the right homes

Comprehensive guide to deploying bat houses released

, Cori Lausen
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Areas of expertise
Bats