I am a Professor of Biology at Texas Tech University. My research on conservation ecology uses an integrative approach that combines studies of functional, reproductive, landscape, community, and microbial ecology to understand community assembly and disassembly in response to anthropogenic changes to habitats.

As the Founder of the SEABCRU, I have been working towards the conservation of Southeast Asian bats for over 20 years. In addition to this, I am also the Co-Chair of the IUCN BSG and BOHRN, on the Steering Committee of BCA, and serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of WABNet. Moreover, I am a member of the GBATNET, which is a global network of bat researchers working towards the conservation of bat populations around the world.