Allen Kurta received a B.S. and M.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University. His research for the past 43 years has focused on the ecology and behavior of bats, with an emphasis on the Indiana bat. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals, and he has authored or edited numerous books, including Bats of Michigan; Mammals of the Great Lakes Region; The Indiana Bat: Biology and Management of an Endangered Species; The Bats of Puerto Rico: an Island Focus and a Caribbean Perspective; and Bats and Forests: Conservation and Management. Dr. Kurta is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Society for Bat Research and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy. He currently is the Feature Editor of Bat Research News, chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for Mammals, Endangered Species Program, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Vice President of the Midwest Bat Working Group.
Department of Biology