Just got back late last night from a week-long bat research workshop in Belize. We found a breeding colony of vampires in an old overgrown Mayan ruin near Lamanai and I managed to gather some social data on another group of vampire bats that I brought into captivity for a few days. I have now … Continue reading A few more observations of vampire bat social behavior from Belize
Here's the link: http://www.petridish.org/projects/evolution-of-cooperation-in-vampire-bats The vampire bats are arriving soon. But we do not know yet whether we will be getting a large grant from the National Science Foundation. That means I will be in charge of all animal care at least until next year. Combining animal care with experiments and observations will be a … Continue reading Supporting our vampire bats through crowdfunding
The first is a picture I took of a hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata) from a cave in Mexico. The second picture shows a group of common vampires (Desmodus rotundus) at the Organization for Bat Conservation in Michigan. The photo is black and white because it was shot using infrared light. The bracelets on the arms … Continue reading What are those photos in the header?
To get the full story on vampire bat food sharing, you can read Jerry Wilkinson's popular article in Scientific American or his original paper in Nature. For a quick intro, David Attenborough covered the topic nicely too: Here is our own footage from common vampires: and white-winged vampires: Finally, there's a Radiolab episode featuring an interview with Jerry … Continue reading Vampire bat food sharing: the backstory
I'm creating this blog as an experiment in scientific outreach and crowdfunding. I'm not sure exactly what it will become yet. One of my goals is to make my research open and understandable to any interested members of the public, and engaging to a general audience. I'm starting by applying for a profile at petridish.org, … Continue reading First post