Lycoming College provost receives lifetime achievement award for bat research

Thomas and Margaret Griffith

Thomas and Margaret Griffith

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Dr. Tom Griffiths, Lycoming College’s provost and dean of the College, and his wife, Dr. Margaret Griffiths, have earned lifetime achievement awards from the North American Symposium on Bat Research. The Griffiths were recognized for their many years of service and contributions to the NASBR during its 38th annual meeting held in October in Scranton, Pa.

“This is a great honor for us to be recognized by our colleagues from around the world who have also devoted their lives to the research and biology of bats,” said Dr. Tom Griffiths.

Prior to joining Lycoming in July 2007, Griffiths spent 26 years as a professor and administrator at Illinois Wesleyan University. His experience includes 40-plus years of groundbreaking research on the anatomy and evolution of bats. He has studied bats from nearly every continent and he has traveled to the Caribbean, Panama, China, Australia and Europe to work on bats. An accomplished scholar, Griffiths has published papers on bats and other mammals in a number of scientific journals. He earned a bachelor of science in biology from Bates College, a master of science in zoology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Margaret Griffiths is a biochemist and physiologist who worked originally on the complex biochemistry of liver enzymes. She now does research on and writes about bats, and is the publisher and managing editor of Bat Research News, an international peer-reviewed journal on bat biology, which is printed at the College. Griffiths was recently named the executive director of Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to bat rehabilitation, research, education and conservation. She earned a bachelor of science from Northern Illinois University, a master of science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The symposium is the annual meeting of the North American Society for Bat Research, which is dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats in all its branches, including conservation and public education

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