Local 12: Local ecologist looks at ways to save bats

Bats and Halloween go hand in hand, but the flying mammals get a bad rap.

Bats should be revered, not feared, says UC’s Joseph Johnson, an assistant professor of information technology and ecologist.

Johnson is currently leading research on the decline of Ohio’s little brown bat population and was interviewed by Local 12 during Bat Week 2022 (Oct. 22-27).

“Bats are something most people don’t understand, and people unfortunately fear things they don’t understand,” said Johnson.

There are more than 1,400 species of bats, all of which contribute to the ecosystem by eating insects like flies mosquitoes, moths, beetles as a type of natural pest control.

Johnson’s bat research has been covered by multiple media outlets and appears on UC’s website.

Watch the Local 12 interview

Featured image at top courtesy of Unsplash. 

Impact Lives Here

The University of Cincinnati is leading public urban universities into a new era of innovation and impact. Our faculty, staff and students are saving lives, changing outcomes and bending the future in our city's direction. Next Lives Here

Related Stories


Journal-News: UC education expert weighs in on ‘new normal’ for...

August 17, 2020

More than 70,000 area K-12 students will soon resume their school lives in Butler County amid a very different school atmosphere, reports the Journal-News. In examining how COVID-19 will affect the lives of Butler County students, it turned to Laura Dell, associate dean for the University of Cincinnati’s School of Education.


Journal-News: Parents torn between in-person classes or remote...

August 11, 2020

The Journal-News examines how local parents are making the decision whether to send kids back to the classroom or to choose virtual online learning. They talk to UC's Sarah Schroeder, director of the Learning Design Collaborative in the College of Education.

Debug Query for this