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López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Bernard, E., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2016) Field Guide to Amazonian Bats, National Institute of Amazonian Research, Manaus, Brazil. [Download]

Peer reviewed articles

submitted & in review 

Rocha, R., Ovaskainen, O., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Sampaio, E., Bobrowiec. P.E.D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. Neotropical bats in a recovering fragmented landscape: effects of matrix regeneration on specialist and generalist species. Scientific Reports, in review.

Torrent, L., López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., & Meyer, C.F.J The importance of temporary lakes for bat conservation in Neotropical rainforests: an assessment using autonomous recorders. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, submitted.

in press

Dornelas, M. et al. Biotime: a database of biodiversity time series for the anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeographyin press.

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Fernández-Llamazares, A. (in press) When bats go viral: Negative framings in virological studies imperils bat conservation. Mammal Review, DOI: 10.1111/mam.12110

López-Baucells, A., Torrent, , Rocha, R., Pavan, A.C., Bobrowiec. P.E.D. & Meyer. C.F.J. (in press) Geographical variation in the high-duty cycle echolocation of the cryptic common mustached bat Pteronotus cf. rubiginosus (Mormoopidae). Bioacoustics, DOI: 10.1080/09524622.2017.1357145

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Andriatafika, Z., Tojosoa, T., Kemp, J., Forbes, K., Cabeza, M. (in pressRoost selection by synanthropic bats in rural Madagascar: what makes non-traditional structures so tempting? Hystrix, DOI: 10.4404/hystrix-28.1-12046

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Tavares, V., Moras, L., Silva, S.E., Bobrowiec. P.E.D. & Meyer. C.F.J. Molecular, morphological and acoustic identification of Eumops maurus and E. hansae (Chiroptera: Molossidae) with new reports from Central Amazonia. Tropical Zoology, DOI: 10.1080/03946975.2017.1382284.

Fernández-Llamazares, A., López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Andrimatandrina, S.F.M., Andriatafika, Z.E., Burgas, D., Temba, E.M., Torrent, L., Cabeza, M. (in press) Are sacred caves still safe havens for the endemic bats of Madagascar? Oryx


Rocha, R., Ferreira, D.F., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Carreiras, J.M.B, Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Does sex matter? Gender-specific responses to forest fragmentation in Neotropical bats. Biotropica, 49 (6), 881–890 [featured on the cover of the issue]

Rocha, R., Ovaskainen, O., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Ferreira, D.F., Bobrowiec. P.E.D., Cabeza, M. Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. Design matters: an evaluation of the impact of small man-made forest clearings on tropical bats using a before-after-control-impact design. Forest Ecology and Management, 401, 8-16.

Rocha, R., Sequeira, M.M., Douglas, R.L., Gouveia, M., Jardim, R., Jesus. J., Holly, J.P. & Russo, D. (2017) Extinctions of introduced game species on oceanic islands: curse for hunters or conservation opportunities? Biodiversity and Conservation, 26 (10), 2517-2520.

Conenna, I.*, Rocha, R.*, Russo, D. & Cabeza, M. (2017) Island endemic bats and research effort: a review of patterns and priorities worldwide. Mammal Review, 47, 169–182 *These authors contributed equally to this work [featured on the cover of the issue]

Ferreira, D.F., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Carreiras, J.M.B, Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Season-modulated responses of Neotropical bats to forest fragmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 4059–4071

Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Groenenberg, M., Bobrowiec. P.E.D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Consequences of a large-scale fragmentation experiment on Neotropical bats: disentangling the relative effects of local and landscape-scale attributesLandscape Ecology, 32, 31-45


Eklund, J., Blanchet, G., Nyman, J., Rocha, R., Virtanen, T. & Cabeza, M. (2016) Contrasting spatial and temporal trends of protected area effectiveness in mitigating deforestation in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 203, 290–297

Rocha, R., Gordo, M., & López-Baucells, A. (2016) Completing the menu: addition of Sinax cruentommus and Scinax cf. garbei (Anura: Hylidae) to the diet of Trachops cirrhosus (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Central AmazonNorth-Western Journal of Zoology, 12(1): 199-201.

López-Baucells, A.*, Rocha, R.*, Webala, P., Nair, A., Uusitalo, R., Sironen, T. & Forbes, K. (2016) Rapid assessment of bat diversity in the Taita Hills Afromontane cloud forests, southeastern Kenya. Barbastella *These authors contributed equally to this work, in press DOI:


Rocha, R., Tarmo, V. & Cabeza, M. (2015) Bird assemblages in a Malagasy forest-agricultural frontier: effects of habitat structure and landscape-scale forest coverTropical Conservation Science8(3): 681-710.

Fernández-Llamazares, A. & Rocha, R. (2015) Correspondence: Bolivia to plunder protected areas. Nature, 523: 158.

Farneda, F.Z., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Palmeirim, J.M., Bobrowiec. P.E.D. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2015) Trait-related responses to habitat fragmentation in Amazonian batsJournal of Applied Ecology52(5): 1381-1391.

López-Baucells, A., Hernández-Tabernero, L. & Rocha, R. (2015) Science outreach in the time of social media: an analysis of the performance of the scientific journal Barbastella in Twitter and Facebook. Barbastella, 8 (1), 45-59

Penado, A., Rocha, R.*Sampaio, M., Gil, V., Carreira, B.M. & Rebelo, R. (2015) Where to “Rock”? Choice of retreat sites by a gecko in a semi-arid habitat. Acta Herpetologica, 10(1): 47-54. *Corresponding author.

Rocha, R. (2015) Look what the cat dragged in: Felis silvestris catus as predators of insular bats and instance of predation on the endangered Pipistrellus maderensis. Barbastella, 8: 18-21.


López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Fernández-Arellano, G., Bobrowiec. P.E.D., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer. C.F.J. (2014) Echolocation of the Big Red Bat Lasiurus egregius (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and first record from the Central Brazilian AmazonStudies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment, 49(1):18-25

Rocha, R., Melo, T. & López-Baucells, A. (2014) Consumption of an adult Lesser tree frog Dendropsophus minutus by a neotropical Lethocerus nymphAlytes, 31: 37-39.

Rocha, R. & López-Baucells, A. (2014) Opportunistic predation of the Crested Owl Lophostrix cristata upon on Seba’s short-tailed bat Carollia perspicillata. Brazilian Journal of Ornithology, 22(1): 58-60.

Rocha, R. & Rebelo, R. (2014) Evidence of long-term stability in the iris pattern of Tarentola geckosHerpetology Notes, 7: 161-163.

Rocha, R. & López-Baucells, A. (2014) Predation attempt of Hypsiboas boans (Anura: Hylidae) by Helicops angulatus (Squamata: Dipsadidae) with notes on defensive behaviorAlytes, 30: 78-81.


Rocha, R., Carrilho, T. & Rebelo, R. (2013). Iris photo-identification: A new methodology for the individual recognition of Tarentola geckosAmphibia-Reptilia, 34: 590-596

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Mayés, I., Vulinec, K. & Meyer. C.F.J. (2013) First record of Micronycteris sanborni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Central Amazonia, Brazil: range expansion and description of its echolocation. Mammalia, 78(1): 127–132

Treitler, J.T., López-Baucells, A., Farias S.G., Tenaçol Jr, J.F & Rocha, R. (2013) First record of a leucistic piebald Phyllostomus discolor (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Chiroptera Neotropical, 19(1): 1179-1181.

Rocha, R. (2013) Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (Columbiformes: Columbidae): First record for the Madeira Archipelago, Portugal. Check List, 9(2): 432-433.


Rocha, R., Silva, I., dos Reis M.A. & Rosa, G. (2012) Another frog on the menu: predation of Trachops cirrhosus (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) upon Osteocephalus oophagus (Anura: Hylidae). Chiroptera Neotropical, 18(2):1136-1138.

Rocha, R., Borda, E., Andreone, F. & Rosa, G. (2012) First reports of leech parasitism in Malagasy anurans. Comparative Parasitology, 79(2):352-356. 


Rocha, R. & Rebelo, R. (2010) First record of a piebald Selvagens Gecko Tarentola boettgeri bischoffi (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Herpetology Notes, 3: 361-362.

Rocha, R., Paixão, M. & Gouveia, R. (2010) Predation note: Anthus berthelotii madeirensis (Passeriformes: Motacillidae) catches Teira dugesii mauli (Squamata: Lacertidae) in Deserta Grande, Madeira Archipelago. Herpetology Notes, 3: 77-78.


Selected presentations


Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F., Groenenberg, M., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C.F. (2015) Spatio-temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation on neotropical bat assemblages. International Congress for Conservation Biology. Montpellier, France

Farneda, F.Z., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Palmeirim, J.M., Bobrowiec. P.E.D. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2015) Trait-related responses to habitat fragmentation in Amazonian bats. Brazilian bat research meeting. Ouro Preto, Brazil (Best oral presentation award)

Rocha, R. (2015) Neotropical bats in the Anthropocene. Spring Symposium. Helsinki, Finland

López-Baucells, A., Mas, M., Rocha, R., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C.F. (2014) Aerial insectivorous bats in Central Amazon: vertical stratification – preliminary results. CE3C Junior Researchers Annual Meeting. Lisbon, Portugal (Best oral presentation award)

Rocha, R., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Farneda, F., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C.F. (2014) Disentangling the relative effects of local and landscape-scale attributes on the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragment Project bat assemblages. Latin-American Bat Congress. Quito, Ecuador

Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Farneda, F., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C.F. (2013) Effects of Forest Fragmentation on Central Amazonian Bats. International Bat Research Conference and North American Symposium on Bat Research. San José, Costa Rica

Meyer, C.F., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Farneda, F., Groenenberg, M., López-Baucells, A., Palmeirim, J., Rocha, R., Sampaio, E. & Silva, I. (2013) Temporal variation in responses of Neotropical bats to forest fragmentation. International Bat Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Rocha, R. & Ewers, R. (2009) São Tomé birds’ response to agricultural intensification. Iberian Ornithology Congress. Elvas, Portugal.



Eklund, J., Guillaume, B., Rocha, R., Tarmo, V. & Cabeza, M. (2015) The Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in Madagascar. International Congress for Conservation Biology. Montpellier, France

Acácio, M., Rocha, R. & López-Baucells, A. (2015) Ametrida centurio: small bat, big traveller? International Berlin Bat: Meeting Movement ecology of bats. Berlin, Germany

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Mas, M., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C. (2014) Echolocation calls of Central Amazonian bats: a proposal for an acoustic identification key. Jornadas de la SECEMU.  Madrid, Spain

Gonçalves. S., C., López-Baucells, A. & Rocha, R. (2014) Iris photo-identification of the Amazonian Turnip-tailed gecko Thecadactylus rapicauda. Luso-Spanish Herpetological Congress. Aveiro, Portugal

Rocha, R., & Monteiro, S.P. (2014) Introduced population of ring-necked parakeets Psittacula krameri in Madeira Island, Portugal – Should we worry about it? SPEA Ornithology Congress. Almada, Portugal

Silva, I., Rocha, R., & Meyer, C. (2013) Vertical stratification in Central Amazonian bats. Portuguese bat meeting. Sintra, Portugal (Best poster award)

López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Palmeirim, J. & Meyer, C. (2012) On the way to a new world record? New additions to the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project bat check list. Jornadas de la SECEMU. Barcelona, Spain

Gil, V., Rocha, R., Carreira, B. & Rebelo, R. (2012) Individual growth of the Selvagens gecko (Tarentola bischoffi): Effects of the seasonality. Luso-Spanish Herpetological Congress. Murcia, Spain

Rocha, R., Stow, S., Tarmo, V. & Cabeza, M. (2011) Impact of slash-and-burn agriculture on tropical bird communities: a case study from Ranomafana Natural Park, Madagascar. Student Conference on Conservation Science. Cambridge, UK

Rocha, R., Carrilho, T. & Rebelo, R. (2010) Use of the software I3S for the recognition of the iris pattern of the Gekkonid Tarentola (boettgeri) bischofii. Luso-Spanish Herpetological Congress. Sevilha, Spain



Rocha, R. (2017) Tropical forest fragmentation: effects on the spatio-temporal dynamics of its bat communities. PhD thesis. University of Lisbon, Portugal. [Supplementary materials Chapter 2 & Chapter 3]

Rocha, R. (2008) Birds in humanized landscapes: Sao Tomé endemic birds’ response to agricultural intensification. MSc thesis. Imperial College London, UK.