Building Capacity

WCS Canada Associate Conservation Scientist, Dr. Cori Lausen is dedicated to building capacity in Canada’s “bat world”, by training new biologists and supervising Masters and PhD candidates across Canada and the United States.




Dr. Cori Lausen has a PhD in bat ecology. But prior to this, she trained as an educator, and taught high school sciences. When not researching, she has dedicated her spare time to training biologists in specialized bat inventory techniques, including bat acoustics.


Now at WCS Canada as a research and conservation biologist, Cori continues to opportunistically train Canadian biologists, and contributes the proceeds of these courses to WCS Canada’s Bat Program.


To find out about any upcoming bat-related trainings, such as Bat Acoustics, or Bat Inventory Methods, visit


Graduate Students

Dr. Cori Lausen is an adjunct professor with Thompson Rivers University Department of Biological Sciences. She also has supervised students at University of British Columbia Okanagan and University of Regina. She has been on numerous MSc and PhD committees at these universities and the University of Washington. Students include:

o   Emily DeFreitas (University of Northern BC, Masters; Erin Baerwald, Biology Department)

o   Karen Vanderwolf (Trent University, PhD candidate; Christina Davies, Department of Environment and Life Sciences)

o   Leah Rensel (UBC-Okanagan, Masters of Conservation Ecology; Karen Hodges, Biology Department)

o   Susan Dulc (Thompson Rivers University, Masters of Biological Sciences; Karl Larsen, Department of Natural Resource Sciences)

o   Nick Fontaine (Thompson Rivers University, Masters of Microbiology; Naowarat (Ann) Cheetham, Department of Biological Sciences )

o   Brandon Klug (University of Regina, PhD Bat Ecology)

o  Rochelle Kelly (University of Washington, PhD Bat Ecology)



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