The ATBC is pleased to invite young conservation scientists to apply for the Luis F. Bacardi Advances in Tropical Conservation Award that is provided to the ATBC by an endowment from the Lubee Bat Conservancy,  an international non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Florida. This organization was founded in 1989 by the late Luis F. Bacardi, and is dedicated to protecting biological diversity through the conservation of fruit- and nectar-feeding bats. The Award was established in 2005 and is designed to foster high-quality conservation science in the tropics and is awarded to the individual who gives the best oral presentation.

  • Eligibility is limited to ATBC members who have received their Ph.D. no more than five years before the meeting date.
  • The winner receives a certificate from the ATBC and a $300 award provided by the Lubee Bat Conservancy
  • In addition to the honorarium, the winner of the award will have his/her abstract and photo published in BIOTROPICA as well as his/her bio published at (see below, e.g. 2010).
  • All those who wish to be considered for the Bacardi Award must contact the Awards Co-Chairs at least 6 weeks prior to the ATBC meeting to inform them of your interest and to provide them with your ATBC membership number.

Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee:  Kyle Harms ( & Bettina Engelbrecht (

Bacardi Award for the Best Oral Presentation

  • 2016 – Oliver Wearn – Zoological Society of London (ZSL), UK
  • 2015 – Haldre Rogers – Rice University, USA
  • 2014 – Erin Kuprewicz – Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • 2013 – Tremaine Gregory – Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • 2012 – Paulo Brando – IPAM, Brazil
  • 2011 – Joseph W. Veldman – University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2010 – Amy Rodgers – Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Ecuador.
  • 2009 – no award
  • 2008 – Marco Mello – Departamento de Botanica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil. Article
  • 2007 – J. Nicolas Urbina-Cardona – Instituto de Biologia, UNAM, Mexico. Article
  • 2006 – David P Bickford – National University of Singapore, Singapore. Article
  • 2005 – Cecília P. Alves-Costa – Lab. de Interação Vertebrado-Planta, Departamento de Zoologia, IB/UNICAMP. Campinas, SP, Brazil. Article