Bats, forest and rice. This video documents through photography an interdisciplinary research project on the bats of Madagascar by the Global Change and Conservation (GCC) group, from the University of Helsinki (Finland). This project is led by Dr. Mar Cabeza and has been funded by the University of Helsinki and the Academy of Finland. All the pictures have been taken by awarded photographer Joan de la Malla. More information at gcc.it.helsinki.fi
“How can a bat survive deforestation? Be small, mobile, and vegetarian” – Mongabay, US
“Conservation insight: Amazonian bats – The big red bat” – BBC Wildlife Magazine, UK
PhD fieldwork featured in a 14 page long article entitled “Amazonian forest fragments – Islands of life” in the March issue of the Brazilian National Geographic magazine.
PhD fieldwork featured in a 14 page long article entitled “Amazon – Reborn from the Ashes” in the October issue of the Portuguese National Geographic magazine.
“Biólogo madeirense premiado em encontro nacional sobre investigação em morcegos” – Diário de Noticias da Madeira, Portugal
“Osgas podem ser identificadas pelos seus olhos, mostra estudo português”. Público, Portugal
“Scientists identify individual lizards by their irises”. Mongabay, US
“Leucistic Cory’s shearwater chick on the Madeira Archipelago.” Wildlife Extra , UK
Television interview regarding the environmental education project “Young reporters for the environment” for the Portuguese national television channel (RTP 1) Live Planet special edition (7 June).
Articles in popular press
Rocha, R. (2011) Cinco olhares sobre a Macarónesia. Pardela, 42, 4
Rocha, R. (2011) Madagáscar, aves da ilha continente. Pardela, 40, 13-15
Rocha, R. (2010) Biodiversidade em Portugal – um olhar além aves. Pardela, 39, 6-8
Rocha, R. (2010) Lobo-marinho. Liberne, 86, 29
Rocha, R. (2009) São Tomé e Príncipe – Terra de endémicos. Pardela, 37, 10-13
I run the twitter account of Barbastella, the scientific journal of bat research. The account is used not only to disseminate the science published in the journal but also to raise awareness for bat conservation throughout interesting and fun facts about this poorly known but fascinating group.