‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Pipat whilst training students from Mandalay University, Myanmar in bat acoustics.

Pipat with his PhD student; his two public-ations relating to the thesis both included new species of bats.


Above: Pipat with colleagues from Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.

Below: Pipat collecting bats in the field.

Pipat making a presentation at a workshop on the study and conservation of bats, which was held at Khao Khieo Open Zoo, Chon Buri, Thailand, on 26-27 March 2012

Dr Pipat Soisook

Researcher/Curator of Mammal Section

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum
Prince of Songkla University
Hatyai, Songkhla, 90112
Tel: +66 (0)74-288065
Fax: +66 (0)74-446682
E-mail: pipat.s@psu.ac.th ; pipat66@gmail.com


2010-2013: Ph.D. (Darwin Initiative Programme) Prince of Songkla Univeristy, Thailand. (Successfully examined 14 December, 2013).
Title of PhD thesis: Systematics, biogeography and echolocation of the Tube-nosed bats genus Murina in mainland Southeast Asia.
Supervisors: Dr Chutamas Satasook, Dr Paul Bates, and Dr Csorba Gabor.
Advisors: Dr Sara Bumrungsri, Dr Neil Furey, and Dr Charles Francis.

2008: M.Sc. (Ecology, International Programme) Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
Title of M.Sc. thesis: A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus malayanus Bonhote, 1903 and Rhinolophus stheno Andersen, 1905 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in Thailand.

2004: B.Sc. (Forestry) Kasetsart University, Thailand.


Awarded for the academic year 2008: 'Best thesis at the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, in Agriculture and Biological Science'.

Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy, ecology and echolocation of Southeast Asian bat taxa

  • Biodiversity of bird and small mammals in Thailand.

Applied Research:

  • 2011-present: took part in a series of surveys to promote the conservation of mammals and birds in Bulon Island (to Park staff, local people and tourists) - part of a Royal project of biodiversity and conservation of natural resources in the Bulon Islands, Mu Koh Petra National Park, Satun Province, S. Thailand.

  • 2011-present: assisted with the ‘Lives in caves of Southern Thailand’ project to survey of limestone caves and cave-dwelling animal diversity, and to raise public awareness of the importance and conservation of limestone cave habitats.  

  • 2011-present: collaborated (field surveys and workshops) in several biodiversity projects that are currently being undertaken by the Wildlife Research Division, Department of National Parks (Wildlife and Plant Conservation) to obtain basic information of biodiversity for management of protected areas, such as:
    - the ‘Wildlife diversity in Mae Wong National Park’ an area currently being considered for building a dam
    - the ‘Bats and bat roosts survey in Thailand: investigating of the role of bats in emerging zoonoses’

Current and Recent Research Activities:

2010-2013: Taxonomic review of the bats subfamily Murininae (tube-nosed bats) in SE Asia (PhD research)

2007-2010: Taxonomic review of the some bats in genus Rhinolophus (horseshoe bats) in SE Asia (including MSc research)

2010-2011: Species diversity of bats and birds in Plant Genetic Protection Area of RSPG, Rajjaprabha Dam EGAT, Thailand

2008-2010: Taxonomic revision of Hipposideros turpis complex (Japan, Vietnam and Thailand)

List of publications:

Soisook, P., A. Prajakjitr, S. Karapan, C. M. Francis and P. J. J. Bates.  2015. A new genus and species of false vampire (Chiroptera: Megadermatidae) from peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa, 3931 (4), 528-550. [PDF available]

Soisook, P., S. Karapan, C. Satasook, V. D. Thong, F. A. A. Khan, I. Maryanto, G. Csorba, N. Furey, B. Aul and  P. J. J. Bates. A review of the Murina cyclotis complex (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with descriptions of a new species and subspecies. Acta Chiropterologica, 15(2): 271-292.

Soisook, P., S. Karapan, C. Satasook and P. J. J. Bates. 2013. A new species of Murina (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from peninsular Thailand. Zootaxa, 3746: 567-579.

Lin, A.-Q., G. Csorba, L.-F. Li, T.-L. Jiang, G.-J. Lu, V. D. Thong, P. Soisook, K.-P. Sun, and J. Feng. 2013. Phylogeography of Hipposideros armiger (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in the Oriental Region: the contribution of multiple Pleistocene glacial refugia and intrinsic factors to contemporary population genetic structure. Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12163.

Thong, V.D., S.J. Puechmaille, A. Denzinger, P.J.J. Bates, C. Dietz, G. Csorba, P. Soisook, E.C. Teeling, S. Matsumura, N.M. Furey and H-U. Schnitzler. 2012. Systematics of the Hipposideros turpis complex and a description of a new subspecies from Vietnam. Mammal Review, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2011.00202.x [PDF available]

Hughes, A.C., C. Satasook, P.J.J. Bates, P. Soisook, T. Sritongchuay, G. Jones, and S. Bumrungsri. 2011. Using echolocation calls to identify Thai bat species: Vespertilionidae, Emballonuridae, Nycteridae and Megadermatidae. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(2): 447-455. [PDF available]

Kingsada, P., B. Douangboubpha, I. Saveng, N. Furey, P. Soisook, S. Bumrungsri, C. Satasook, V.D. Thong, G. Csorba, D. Harrison, M. Pearch, P. Bates, N. Thomas. 2011. A checklist of bats from Cambodia, including the first record of the intermediate horseshoe bat Rhinolophus affinis (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae), with additional information from Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodian Journal of Natural History, 2011(1): 49-59. [PDF available]

Douangboubpha, B., S. Bumrungsri, C. Satasook, P. Soisook, Si Si Hla Bu, B. Aul, D.L. Harrison, M. Pearch, N.M. Thomas, and P.J.J. Bates. 2011. A new species of small Hipposideros (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Myanmar and a revaluation of the taxon H. nicobarulae Miller, 1902 from the Nicobar Islands. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(1): 61-78. [PDF available]

Ith, S., P. Soisook, S. Bumrungsri, T. Kingston, S.J. Puechmaille, M.J. Struebig, Si Si Hla Bu, V.D. Thong, N.M. Furey, N.M. Thomas, and P.J.J. Bates. 2011. A taxonomic review of Rhinolophophus coelophyllus Peters 1867 and R. shameli Tate 1943 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in continental Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(1): 41-59. [PDF available]

Soisook, P. 2011. A checklist of bats of Thailand. Journal of Wildlife of Thailand, 18: 121-151.

Douangboubpha B, Bumrungsri S, Soisook P, Satasook C, Thomas NM, Bates PJJ (2010) A taxonomic review of Hipposideros bicolor species complex and H. pomona (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 12: 415-438. [PDF available]

Hughes AC, Satasook C, Bates PJJ, Soisook P, Sritongchuay T, Jones G, Bumrungsri S (2010) Echolocation call analysis and presence-only modelling as conservation monitoring tools for rhinolophoid bats in Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 12: 311-327. [PDF available]

Douangboubpha B, Bumrungsri S, Soisook P, Murray SW, Puechmaille SJ, Satasook C, Hla Bu SS, Harrison DL, Bates PJJ (2010) A taxonomic review of Hipposideros halophyllus, with additional information on H. ater and H. cineraceus (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Thailand and Myanmar. Acta Chiropterologica, 12:29-50. [PDF available]

Soisook P, Niyomwan P, Srikrachang M, Srithongchuay T, Bates PJJ (2010) Discovery of Rhinolophus beddomei (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from Thailand with a brief comparison to other related taxa. Tropical Natural History, 10:67-79. [PDF available]

Puechmaille SJ, Soisook P, Yokubol M, Piyapan P, Gouilh MA, Mie KM, Kyaw KK, Mackie I, Bumrungsri S, Dejtaradol A, Nwe T, Bu SSH, Satasook C, Bates PJJ, Teeling E (2009) Population size, distribution, threats and conservation status of two endangered bat species: Craseonycteris thonglongyai and Hipposideros turpis. Endangered Species Research, 8:15-23. [PDF available]

Soisook P, Bumrungsri S, Satasook C, Thong VD, Bu SSH, Harrison DL, Bates PJJ (2008) A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus stheno and R. malayanus (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from continental Southeast Asia: an evaluation of echolocation call frequency in discriminating between cryptic species. Acta Chiropterologica, 10:221-242. [PDF available]

Soisook P, Bumrungsri S, Dejtaradol A, Francis CM, Csorba G, Guillen-Servent A, Bates PJJ (2007) First records of Kerivoula kachinensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 9:339-345. [PDF available]

Participation in International Research and Training projects:

2010-ongoing: Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by Darwin Initiative, UK: 'Enhancing taxonomic capacity to underpin tropical biodiversity conservation' (SE Asia).

2010: Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK: 'Integrating Myanmar into Southeast Asia's biodiversity network'.

2008-2010: Bristol University and Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by British Council (PMI2): 'Testing models that predict the distribution and ecological requirements of threatened bat species in Thailand'.

2005-2008: Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by Darwin Initiative, UK: 'Taxonomic initiative for Southeast Asian bat studies (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam)'.

International conferences:

Czech Republic
2010: Taxonomic research of some Southeast Asian Horseshoe bats. 15th International Bat Research Conference. 20-27 August 2010. Czech University of Life Science, Prague, Czech Republic. (Oral presentation).


2nd International South-East Asian Bat Conference. 6-9 June, 2011. Bogor, Indonesia. (Oral presentation).

2007: Taxonomic review of Rhinolophus malayanus and R. stheno in Thailand. 1st SE Asian Bat Conference. 7-11 May, 2007. Phuket, Thailand. (Poster presentation).

United Kingdom
2008: National Bat Conference. 12-14 September 2008. University of Reading, Reading, UK. (Participant).

International Workshops and Training:


2009: Workshop on ‘Increasing in-country capacity and regional co-operation to promote bat conservation in Cambodia, with particular reference to Otomops wroughtoni’. 26-27 April, 2009. Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2007: Workshop on 'Bat taxonomy and ecology'. 2-8 February, 2007. Royal University of Phnom Penh and Botum Sakor National Park, Cambodia.


2010: Workshop on ‘Biodiversity studies in Myanmar, with particular reference to mammals, birds and amphibians’. 22-28 February, 2010. Mandalay University, Mandalay, Myanmar.


2010: Workshop on ‘Bird research and conservation in SE Asia’. 21-22 October, 2010. Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

2010: Workshop on ‘Using GIS and echolocation as tools for conservation of bats in SE Asia’. 26-28 July, 2010. Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

2006: Regional training course on ‘Bat taxonomy’. 20-27 March 2006. Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

United Kingdom

2008: Training in 'Bat taxonomy and echolocation studies''. 31 August-18 October, 2008. Bristol University and Harrison Institute, UK.

2007: Training in ‘Bat taxonomy’. 27 February – 30 April 2007. Harrison Institute, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK.


2006: Workshop on ‘Field techniques for bat research’. 8-14 August, 2006. Hanoi and Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.