Dillan Hoyt

Academic Profile

I have conducted bat research in multiple international field settings across five continents - ranging from baseline inventorying and standardised monitoring in Malawi, to behavioural studies on critical seed dispersers in Mexico. The overarching theme of these studies has been to understand the effects of land-use change on biodiversity, using bats as models.

During my masters, I collaborated with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to investigate the effects of wildfires on bats in Irvine, California and most recently worked as a research associate for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, where my work focused on the habitat selection of the critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

Current Research

My research will investigate the long-term spatiotemporal dynamics of tropical bat responses to forest fragmentation, where I will be conducting fieldwork in Panama and the Brazilian Amazon. I aspire to conduct research that will inform effective, place-based conservation planning that promotes biodiversity within human-modified landscapes.