Adriana Vella is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Malta. Active in conservation and biodiversity research for 25 years, she has worked on a range of species, including mammals such as bats, hedgehogs and cetaceans. Her field and laboratory research has expanded knowledge of the conservation and molecular genetics of these species from the Maltese Islands. She has also supervised research projects focusing on bats since 1998. The various projects have covered distribution surveys for all species using bat acoustic recognition, roost surveys, and molecular genetics to identify and study these species genetically. Adriana is also active in conservation awareness and founded the Non-governmental Organisation Biological Conservation Research Foundation, to facilitate voluntary work on vulnerable species and habitats in Malta and beyond.