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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 8 comments on Farewell to BU’s Bat Man

  1. Tom Kunz was an incredible professor and mentor. My time in his mammalogy class was some of the best at BU. He managed to connect with each of his students individually, even giving us humorous awards at the end of the semester. Though not a traditional way to say goodbye, I read Ode to an Oosik to my partner this morning and told him all about my time in that class, our field trip weekend to Sargent Camp, and how much Professor Kunz inspired me. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and will be sending the warmest thoughts to his family.

  2. A grand man with a grander spirit. Such a force for good and goodness. I always loved seeing his smile. Slightly asymmetrical. Lips curved. A mixture of boyishness and warmth, with a touch of amused slyness in anticipation of what he was about to say, which was invariably a positive amusing quip. Optimistic. Reflective. Insightful. The definition of caring, engaging, decent, warm, grounded and a visionary. Why oh why? God’s speed.

  3. To say Tom Kunz was a bat expert is like saying Herman Melville was a whale expert – it is true; he was the world’s expert, but his bat research was the vehicle for a vast mind to explore the world without limit. Tom invented the field of Aeroecology – the ecosystem of the atmosphere – inhabited by bats, insects, microbes, aerosols, droplets and viruses – and used the most advanced technology, from lasar rangefinding to thermal infrared imaging, to understand his focal species, bats, but along with it the entire system in which they are embedded, including humans and our agricultural systems that depend on the balance of pollinators, pests and predators including bats, up to the biosphere as a whole. Yet for how intense Tom was creatively, he was driven by an infectious curiosity which infused him with joy and made him a joy to be around. I miss Tom very much.

  4. Tom had such a dynamic life, dedicated to conservation, biodiversity prioritization, and true enquiry, hands-on teaching particular in the field. While in my 29 very enriching years at BU (i am now at UMass/Boston), he was always giving me positive feedback from students about my Biology course teaching with my students who were studying to become high school science teachers. He was very much interested in new ideas and directions. I recall, for example, his wanting to know more about my and the late Lynn Margulis’ efforts to try to establish a microbial museum. In looking back, it was special and particularly meaningful to me that he was able to really help co-found the Tiputini Bio Station, including getting important facility grants in collaboration with biology colleagues in Quito. The success of trips that I led to Tiputini/Yasuni were certainly due in large part to the those improved development and facilities at the Station. Tom and his congenial, always active persona will be always remembered. Thank you Tom for all your work, your love of nature and leadership!

  5. I actually took his Ecology course the first or second semester he taught at BU, and still remember him very well. I still have a love of natural history, although I went career-wise in a different direction, but he was one of the most influential professors in stoking that interest. I also recall what a nice human being he was, and that apparently did not change over his long career at BU.

  6. What a great man, and with such profound sadness that I hear of his passing upon trying to contact him to collaborate to save the brown bats. What a tragic loss to the world. My deepest condolences to his family and friends

  7. Sadly, I just learned of Tom’s passing. After moving to Oregon in 2011, we had not been in touch. My time visiting Tom at BU and primarily working with him at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador during the 1990’s were so memorable. He was always so helpful and interested in our work. Of course, I was immensely impressed with his academic contributions but he was also such a compassionate and generous human being.

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