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Journal of Mammalogy (2020) 101(6): 1,752-1,780.

doi: 10.1093/jmammal/gyaa100

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Dr. Thomas Henry Kunz, an internationally recognized expert on the ecology and behavior of bats and Professor at Boston University, passed away on April 13, 2020 in Dedham, Massachusetts, at the age of 81 as the result of complications from COVID-19. “Tom,” to his many friends and colleagues, was born on June 11, 1938 in Independence, Missouri, to William H. and Edna F. (Dornfeld) Kunz. He married Margaret Louise Brown on December 27, 1962 in Faucett, Missouri, Margaret’s hometown. Two children were born to Margaret and Tom—Pamela Kunz (Jeffrey Kwan) and David Kunz (Nicole, née D’Angelo), and five grandchildren.

As a faculty member at Boston University, Tom progressed through the academic ranks becoming an Associate Professor in 1977 and Professor in 1984 in the Department of Biology. Although Kunz made major scientific contributions through his research and administrative leadership, his greatest impact on the future of chiropterology and of science in America may well be through the students whom he trained. He published prolifically--a total of 347 items--including books, book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, project reports, and popular articles.

Includes lists of students trained, grants received, and a complete bibliography of published works, as well as a detailed description of his research program.