A tribute to our Grand Master

Marco Aurélio R. Mello, Valéria Cunha Tavares


It is impossible to describe with words how fortunate we feel about having been mentored by the Grand Master of bat research. Eli taught us not only how to study bats in the field, the lab, and the computer, but also how to be scientists. Above all, she taught us that a professional scientist does not have to be a taciturn, anti-social, long-faced person. Science goes together well with excitement, joy, and passion. Science “a la Eli” was all about the pleasure of sharing discoveries with friends and colleagues who you respect. She always tried to protect us from the “Dark Side of Academia” and helped us focus on our research.


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