Who are we?
Batacea is a website focused on promoting awareness and sharing of information on bat species and cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). From the smallest UK mammal to the largest, both bats and cetaceans come with their own stigmas and unique public perception and we aim to provide an array of facts, research and insight to our own experiences working with these two fantastic groups of mammals.
Chloe Robinson (top left) is postdoctoral fellow working at the University of Guelph (Canada) researching the assessment of river health using community-based eDNA metabarcoding. Chloe's passion is working with cetaceans and was previously the Regional Coordinator (South Wales) for Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) and has been volunteering for the last 5 years with the charity, assisting with many boat-based dolphin surveys and public engagement.
Jessica Robinson (bottom right) has previously worked at a veterinary practice as an auxiliary nurse, having completed a BSc degree in Zoology from Swansea University previously. Jessie is a keen bat enthusiast and has been volunteering with Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) for the last 7 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding bat ecology and bat care.
Chloe and Jessie are a wife-wife team, both LGBT+ ambassadors and aim to raise awareness of LBGT+ visibility in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and promote both gender equality and mental health recognition through a range of blogs here on Batacea.