The Bat Center is composed of research and conservation scientists, animal keepers and supporting personnel.
Bat Center Staff and Advisory Board
Lubee Bat Conservancy has a dedicated core staff that works to maintain varied programs. This work is made possible through a network of experts and partners associated with Lubee, including many of the world’s leading bat biologists, conservationists and wildlife veterinarians.
Scientific Advisory Board
Prof. Paul Racey, Aberdeen University, UK
Dr. Gary McCracken, University of Tennessee
Dr. James Wellehan DVM, University of Florida
Dr. Jonathan Epstein, EcoHealth Alliance
Dr. Kevin Olival, EcoHealth Alliance
Dr. Tigga Kingston, Texas Tech University
Dr. Sharon Swartz, Brown University
Dr. Dee Ann Reeder, Bucknell University
Dr. Betsy Dumont, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Ellen Dierenfeld, Nutritionist
Board of Trustees
Brian is from Pittsburgh, PA, and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State University. Brian is a dedicated and passionate professional who specializes in non-profit leadership, zoological management, conservation and education. After being an animal care specialist for 11 years, Brian joined Lubee in 2007 as Curator/Conservation Center Manager and finally Director in April 2011. During this time, the organization has significantly expanded local and global conservation/education programs, fundraising, marketing, facility improvements, native bat programs (bat house construction/installation, acoustic monitoring, call analysis) and breeding programs. Brian led Lubee to its 4th consecutive AZA Certification as a Related Facility and has proudly ensured that the organization is consistently compliant with USDA standards. Brian has extensive animal care experience with numerous published articles on animal husbandry, enrichment, and medical management. He is extremely passionate about his role in the zoological/conservation field, and is working to further Lubee’s global status as a leader in bat conservation and education.
Head Keeper/Team Leader
Keeper II & Education Coordinator
Keeper I & Records Coordinator
Keeper II & Development Coordinator
Keeper II & Intern Coordinator