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Biographical entry Hall, Leslie S.


Lismore, New South Wales, Australia


Leslie Hall is one of Australia's top bat experts with a comprehensive knowledge of many aspects of their biology, from anatomy to behaviour and conservation. His interest in bats started in the 1960s when he indulged in speleology and was employed by the CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research. From there he moved in 1974 to the Department of Anatomy (later Veterinary Anatomy) at the University of Queensland. Hall's research interests extend to monotremes and marsupials. He has published over 200 scientific papers, including contributions to the Fauna of Australia. In addition Hall readily contributes to community and conservation groups and is a prolific writer for popular scientific publications. He is a member of the Australasian Bat Society and of the IUCN Chiroptera Specialist Group.



1962 - 1974
Career position - Technical Officer, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1974 - 1987
Career position - Tutor, Department of (Veterinary) Anatomy, University of Queensland
1984 - 1986
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Mammal Society
1987 -
Career position - Member, Chiroptera Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation and Nature
1987 -
Career position - Scientific Advisor, Bat Conservation International
1987 - 2001
Career position - Registered Bird Bander, Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme, Australian Department of Environment and Energy
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1988 - 2001
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology and Anatomy, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Queensland
1989 - 1992
Career position - Member, Flying Fox Advisory Board, Queensland State Government
1992 - 2000
Career position - Scientific Advisor, Lubee Bat Conservancy, U.S.A.
1996 - 2001
Career position - Member, Queensland Council, Australian Heritage Commission
2002 -
Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Bat Society
Award - Certificate of Commendation, Whitley Award, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Award - Queensland Natural History Award, Queensland Naturalists Club
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to veterinary science as a specialist in the area of bat biology, and as an academic, researcher and mentor

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  • Anon, 'The Queensland Natural History Award, 2015', Queensland Naturalist, 53 (1/2) (2015), 1-3. Details


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