Lindy Lumsden

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Lindy Lumsden (born 1955) is a principal research scientist with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Victoria), at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, in Melbourne, Australia.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Foster, Victoria, in 1955, Lindy completed a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Zoology, at the University of Melbourne in 1975. She received her PhD from Deakin University in 2004, with her thesis on 'The ecology and conservation of insectivorous bats in rural landscapes'.


Lindy began her career in 1979, working as a technical officer surveying the vertebrate fauna of the Western Port catchment, with the Museum of Victoria. She has worked at the Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) since 1982. Her first roles were with the Wildlife Survey Team, conducting mammal surveys throughout Victoria to inform land-use planning decisions by the Land Conservation Council, including the Melbourne-2 area. From 1991-1994 Lindy undertook a major project on the conservation of insectivorous bats in remnant vegetation in rural environments in northern Victoria. From 1995 – 2000 she was part of an extensive collaborative project in the Box-Ironbark region of Victoria investigating extinction processes affecting vertebrate fauna. At this time Lindy also undertook consultancies on bats within Victoria and throughout Australia, including on Christmas Island. As part of this, Lindy prepared the Christmas Island Pipistrelle Recovery Plan.

From 2004 – 2008, Lindy was program leader of the Threatened Fauna Species Program at ARI, managing several staff and targeted research projects, working on many collaborative projects. Since November 2008, Lindy has been the principal research scientist and Section Leader of the Wildlife Ecology Section at ARI, managing a team of scientists and technical staff, and responsible for many projects. Lindy led the key government priority project 'A New Strategic Approach to Biodiversity Management', developing an effective landscape approach to the management of threatened species that provides opportunities for sustainable timber production while managing biodiversity at a landscape scale. This work resulted in innovative developments in survey methods for cryptic forest fauna.

Lindy's research projects have included investigating the conservation requirements of bats in agricultural landscapes in Victoria. Overall, Lindy has published 34 journal articles, 39 book sections; 27 popular articles and notes; and more than 28 unpublished reports.

Lindy is passionate about changing people's attitudes to bats, which are a poorly understood group of native fauna. She delivers large numbers of presentations to community groups and university students, and runs courses and field days on the conservation of bats (over the last 20 years she has averaged 25 presentations per year). She has undertaken many radio interviews on ABC radio throughout Australia and internationally (Radio Australia) and her work has been reported in Melbourne and rural newspapers. Her research on bats in farmland areas was featured on the ABC TV program Catalyst.[1]


  • 2014 The Northern free-tailed bat – Mormopterus lumsdenae – was named after Lindy.[2] The naming recognises Lindy's contribution to the study of Australian bat ecology, for her mentoring of students and her advocacy for conservation of bats through public engagement. The description of this species follows recognition that the Australian populations of this bat are distinct from those in south-east Asia. The new species is described in the Australian Journal of Zoology.
  • 2012 Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Bat Society.[citation needed]
  • 2005 David Ashton Biodiversity and Ecosystems Award, Department of Sustainability and Environment.[citation needed]
  • 2003 Loch Postgraduate Research Award, School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University.[citation needed]
  • 2001-2004 Bill Emison PhD Scholarship.[citation needed]

Scientific expeditions[edit]

Lindy has contributed to 16 scientific expeditions overseas or in remote areas of Australia, to investigate the ecology and conservation of the bat fauna in these region. This has included helping to train bat ecologists in other countries in new research techniques and approaches (e.g. in Taiwan and Swaziland).

  • 1988 Survey of bats and small mammals in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
  • 1990 Australian Museum expedition to Vanuatu to survey vertebrate fauna, specifically bats.
  • 1993 Royal Geographic Society of Queensland expedition to Cape York Peninsula – study of the bats during the wet season with Dr Roger Coles.
  • 1991 and 1995 Assisted Dr Ken Geluso with research on the bat and small mammal fauna of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA.
  • 1994 Investigation of the status and habitat requirements of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean.
  • 1996 Study of Short-tailed Bat (Mysticina tuberculata) on Codfish Island, New Zealand, with the Department of Conservation, investigating the feasibility, and impact, of taking large numbers of bats into captivity on the island while rat poison baiting occurred.
  • 1996 La Trobe University Expedition to Krakatau, Indonesia, investigating the recolonisation of the volcanic islands by bats.
  • 1998 Study of the ecology and conservation status of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean.
  • 1998 Research on the effects of fragmentation on bats and birds in Brazil.
  • 1999 Survey of bats in the Kununurra region of the Kimberley, WA.
  • 2000 Study of foraging behaviour of Greater Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in England.
  • 2004 Survey of bats in Taiwan.
  • 2004 Survey of bats in the Kununurra region of the Kimberley, WA/NT for WA Dept. Industry and Resources.
  • 2005 Research on bats in Swaziland.
  • 2005 Investigations of threats to survival of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean for Department of Environment and Heritage and Parks Australia North.
  • 2009 Rescue attempt to avert the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean.

Professional societies[edit]

  • Member of the IUCN Chiroptera Specialist Group
  • Editorial Board of the international journal Acta Chiropterologica
  • Australasian Bat Society – Vice-President (and past President)
  • Australian Mammal Society – past Vice-President

Co-supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students[edit]

  • Lindy has co-supervised 14 Honours, Masters and PhD students, on a wide range of ecological studies on bats, at the University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University, Deakin University and Monash University.

Conference presentations[edit]

  • Lindy has presented, or been a co-author, on over 60 conference papers in the last 20 years, at national and international conferences.


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  2. ^ Northern free-tailed bat – Mormopterus lumsdenae, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 14 August 2014, <>.

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