profle

WHO WE ARE

Bat Survey Solutions, LLC is led by professionals with training in Design, Education, Information Technology, Photography, Technical Writing, Wildlife Biology, Videography, and other complementary disciplines. We provide integrated instruction and field services to address a full range of bat study and management concerns. BatSS staff bring decades of experience to every project and program. Our mission is to empower others with the resources needed to effectively and efficiently manage bat populations in North America and beyond.

Our Staff and Colleagues
Thru decades of collaboration, we have developed a loyal cadre of professionals to assist and advise on every project and program. All of our projects include a unique assemblage of professionals that work synergistically to provide the highest degree of professionalism. Our valued colleagues and collaborators include:

Janet Debelak Tyburec
B.A. (English and Biology, 1989) Trinity University, started her career with bats as a full-time employee at Bat Conservation International, Inc. (BCI) in Austin TX, and she has been involved in the development of bat study field workshops since. Extensively trained by BCI Founder, Merlin D. Tuttle, Janet has personally taught more than 2,700 wildlife biologists, land managers, and students while presenting over 150 training workshops. Since 2002 she has been a private and government contractor, overseeing all training and instruction at BCI’s Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania locations until 2012. She has also worked with agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Defense to conduct custom training workshops for directors, staff, seasonal employees, and volunteers. She has taught in 23 U.S. states and seven foreign countries. She currently lives and works out the Bat Survey Solutions, LLC office in Tucson AZ.

John David Chenger
President of Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. (BCM), John has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to conduct cave and mine assessments and other bat inventories. He has also worked with BCI since 1997 to facilitate training workshops in Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He founded BCM in 1999 to address nuisance bat management issues by providing man-made roosts and performing bat-exclusion and bat-proofing services. His company has grown to include seasonal bat roost and habitat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) endangered species compliance inventories, acoustic monitoring studies, and large-scale migratory bat radio-tracking projects. His work has led him to develop and manufacture commercially available survey gear including mist net poles, portable triple-high mist-net sets, harp traps, and bat houses certified by BCI. John specializes in all manner of audio, radio-tracking, and visual recording technology to study and survey bats. Using many different acoustic monitoring platforms to try and answer hard agency questions has given John a unique perspective on the ethics surrounding the responsible use of these tools, and the realization they sometimes cannot answer all the questions we ask of them. He currently lives and works out of the BCM office in Carlisle, PA.

Joseph M. Szewczak
B.S.E. (1980) Duke University, Ph.D. (1991) Brown University, is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and the developer of SonoBat software to analyze and interpret bat echolocation calls. He began his work with bats investigating their physiological regulation through the differential demands of cold hibernative torpor to the intense demands of flight and high altitude. He has since applied a physiological ecology perspective to conservation and management issues of bats such as roosting, foraging, energetics, and their basic wildlife-habitat associations. He regularly teaches bat biology and  acoustic monitoring field classes and workshops throughout the US and abroad. Joe began collecting full-spectrum recordings of bats more than 20 years ago with the notion that they may someday prove useful for identifying bats, and ultimately developed SonoBat to fill the gap he needed to facilitate the specialized tasks of viewing, analyzing, and comparing bat echolocation calls and sequences for non-invasive species recognition. Get to know Joe more by perusing his listing of publications, reports, and presentations,

Nick Szewczak
Nick graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Nevada-Reno in 2015. Prior to that, he worked with bats for over a decade, receiving his rabies vaccination at the age of 8. He apprenticed under his father, conducting bat research and field studies throughout the United States. After graduation he became a programmer for SonoBat, improving the efficiency of analysis and auto-classification algorithms. He is currently working on new projects for the next generation of SonoBat software, firmware, and hardware.

Elise Merrill
BS Biology, Saint Francis University (2010). Elise has been working at Sanders Environmental Inc. since 2011. She has been assisting with the Bat Survey Solutions, LLC workshop program since the fall of 2012. She is involved in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) endangered species compliance inventories for bats, seasonal bat roost and habitat surveys, building and installation of bat gates, acoustic monitoring studies, and post-construction surveys to monitor bird and bat mortality at industrial wind facilities. She currently lives in Bellefonte, PA working out of the Sanders Environmental Inc. office.

Amelia W. Goebel
Amelia graduated with a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Science from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2013. She plunged into bat field work in 2015 as a technician for Sanders Environmental Inc., living most of the year knee deep in bats and bat projects. In September 2015 she assisted with the Bat Survey Solutions, LLC combined field survey techniques workshop in Park City, Kentucky and loved it! She currently lives in Bellefonte, PA and is excited to continue helping participants learn and expand their knowledge about bats.

Christopher W. Sanders
Chris graduated from Pen State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management in 1994 and upon graduation began working seasonally with bats for the PA Game Commission. Seasonal wildlife work was rapidly supplemented with contract wildlife work and gate building projects at important hibernacula and Sanders Environmental was created. Chris has now been performing and leading bat survey projects, from tiny to huge, managing up to 45 employees in a year across the eastern states. Chris has taught at and wrangled bats for us at over 15 week-long workshops assisting many participants in developing their batting skills. When not batting Chris can be found on his hobby farm raising ducks, turkey and pigs or kayak-camping on remote cell-phone-service-free islands. 

 

 

 

 

 

janet1
JANET TYBUREC
resume

 

 

john2
JOHN CHENGER
resume

 

 

joe2
JOE SZEWCZAK
resume

 

 

nick2
NICK SZEWCZAK

 

 

kirk2
KIRK SILAS

 

 

janet2
BRYAN BUTLER

 

 

janet3
ELISE MERRILL

 

 

janet8
AMELIA GOEBEL

 

 

janet9
CHRISTOPHER SANDERS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE and TECH KNOW-HOW

CAFW4109

Acoustic Survey Methods
Active, Passive,
and Mobile acoustic monitoring

SwampMonster4548

Data Management
Comprehensive manual vetting exercises with leading analysis programs

SwampMonster4556

Field Survey Techniques
Combining capture efforts
with acoustic surveys

CAFW4109 SwampMonster4548 SwampMonster4556