Dr. Irina K. Rakhmatulina, a prominent bat ecologist in the Soviet Union, has been appointed to BCI's Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Rakhmatulina is a senior research associate at the Institute of Zoology Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is especially interested in field studies of bats in East Transcaucasia, their population structure, reproduction and post-embryonic development, and their role in ecosystems. Dr. Rakhmatulina is the author of more than 25 scientific publications on bats and several popular articles on their conservation. Her first article for BATS appears on page 6.