UCL Division of Biosciences


Lea Irene Dambly

Lea Dambly

Modelling the drivers of population change in bats

Modelling the drivers of population change in bats

Current Research

Bats are great indicators of habitat quality and climate change because of their provision of ecosystem services. In Great Britain, bats have been systematically monitored since 1996 as part of the National Bat Monitoring Program (NBMP). The NBMP was created by the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and is the longest running bat monitoring programme in the world. While the data has been successfully used to produce population trends for most of the native bat species, some methodical issues remain unsolved, specifically around the reliability of roost count data. I aim to resolve issues regarding the different survey methods and investigate changing bat abundances, as well as the impact of fragmentation and urbanisation. I will make use of the NBMP’s large database and various spatio-temporal modelling techniques.


  • Dr Nick Isaac (CEH)
  • Prof Kate Jones (UCL)



Brief CV

YearsPositionInstitution name and location (country)
2017 – presentPhD candidate (NERC CASE studentship)UCL, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Bat Conservation Trust
2016-2017MRes Advanced Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology)University of Liverpool
2013-2016BSc (Hons) Animal BehaviourManchester Metropolitan University