Bats have been identified by some experts, and in the media, as the culprits behind the costliest pandemic in modern history, even though the source and method of transmission of the novel coronavirus remain unclear. Despite a long tradition of being misunderstood and feared, bats have an outstanding record of living safely with humans. Exaggerated warnings of bat disease risks aren’t just misguided. They threaten the health of entire ecosystems and economies. Join Merlin Tuttle, one of the world’s leading bat scientists and conservation experts, to discuss the vital role bats play in ecosystems and how misplaced public health concerns are endangering these important mammals.
Founder and Executive Director, Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation
Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University
Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University
Co-Hosted with Issues in Science and Technology and the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University