The Science and Mystery of Bats

Knox Presbyterian Church Hall 50 Erb St W, Waterloo

Dr. Liam McGuire is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. Liam’s research program is broadly interested in how animals cope with energetic challenges, primarily focussed on bats and birds. His current research focusses primarily on migration, hibernation, and wildlife disease. Liam’s research has taken him all over the world, from Alaska to Quebec and Texas, Europe, Central America, and Australia. Natural history is an important part of Liam’s research program, knowing which neat animals are out there and how they can help answer the big question of “How do animals work?”

Let’s join Dr. Liam McGuire and learn more about the science and mystery of bats. There are over 1,400 species of bats worldwide, but most remain mysterious to most people. As nocturnal animals that fly above our heads and vocalize at frequencies we can’t hear, most people don’t get to experience bats up close. I’ve been fortunate to have made a career studying these fascinating animals and I have lots of fun stories to share, some about the science we do and some about the mysteries we still have to solve. We will explore some amazing bats from around the world, and learn about the species closer to home.