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(Boston, Mass.) — Wellesley resident Thomas H. Kunz, professor of biology at Boston University, recently delivered the plenary address, “What Does It Cost to Be a Bat: A Time Energy Approach,” at the American Society of Mammalogists conference in San Francisco. Kunz was selected to keynote this conference based on receiving the 1998 Merriam Award. This award is given to honor outstanding research contributions to the science of mammology.
Kunz has been called by the Society “a world authority on the ecology of a group of mammals that is one of the most fascinating to professional mammalogists but least appreciated by the general public.” In 1961, Kunz received a B.S. in biology from Central Missouri State University. He later received an M.A. in biology from Drake University, and a Ph.D in systematics and ecology from the University of Kansas.
Kunz has conducted research on bats in many parts of the world, including the United States, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad. His research largely focuses on how free-ranging bats acquire and allocate energy and nutrients during reproduction. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Lubee Foundation, Inc.
He also currently serves as the president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and president-elect of the American Society of Mammalogists (1999). Next year, Kunz will assume the presidential post of the Society for two years.
Boston University is the third-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students in its 15 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.