You can’t help me or you won’t? What kinds of “cheats” should a food-sharing bat care about?

In response to a talk I gave at the bat meetings, some people saw a problem in the experimental design of my partner choice tests, because I had a condition where a bat can't reciprocate, but not a condition where a bat won't reciprocate. I do know that hungry bats will beg other hungry bats, … Continue reading You can’t help me or you won’t? What kinds of “cheats” should a food-sharing bat care about?

Updates: a conference talk, an outreach talk, and an article (and soon… results)

Did you know that Oct 26--Nov 1 is National Bat Week? October 23. Bat Meetings in Albany, NY. My 15-min talk is "Complex Cooperation: Food Sharing in Vampire Bats is Not Simply “Tit For  Tat” October 30. Public outreach event at the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas entitled Vampire Bats: The Secret Lives of … Continue reading Updates: a conference talk, an outreach talk, and an article (and soon… results)

Group selection and adaptation in social spiders: an entangled web (y’see what I did there? clever wordplay)

Why biologists say group selection is wrong, but it's not, but it is... kinda. Whenever I talk about vampire bat food sharing to a public audience, someone will inevitably say something like, "Wow! It's amazing that vampire bats will feed each other to perpetuate their species" or "It's so interesting how vampire bats will act for the good of … Continue reading Group selection and adaptation in social spiders: an entangled web (y’see what I did there? clever wordplay)