I submitted my dissertation to my doctoral committee. If interested, you can read my submitted draft here (note: this link is temporary until my official approved dissertation is published by the school). There are 4 chapters: 1) my reciprocity review paper, 2) my study on predictors of vampire bat food sharing, 3) a study on oxytocin and food sharing, and 4) my contingency test on social bond stability. These last two are not published yet. There are also a few studies I did that did not make it into the dissertation, because I’m still writing them up. The first is a study on kinship, social bonds and the production and perception of contact calls. Another is on testing the limits of helping behavior among kin and non-kin by forcing donors to feed others across a cage barrier. There’s also two short studies I did with undergraduate Lauren Leffer, one on vampire bats’ use of scent cues to find roosting spots, and another on comparing social grooming across different bat species.
My actual defense (not open to the public) is the morning of April 9th, 9am until noon. But my public defense talk will be 2:00pm -3:00pm Wednesday April 8th in 1103 BRB (Bioscience Research Building, University of Maryland, College Park).
There are a few options. First, you can pay to park in one of the numbered metered spots in the Regents Parking Garage next to the Biology-Psychology Bldg (which is where the talk will be) or the Union Lane Garage. It’s $3/hour or $15 for the day. You can pay with credit card at a central meter. To get other directions, search google maps or use these.
From the Regents Parking Garage: you will know you are at the correct exit if there are trees, a fence and large practice fields to your right (the right of the parking garage). Once you have exited the parking garage, proceed past some dumpsters on your right up the path in between the Biology-Psychology Building and the Plant Science Building (red brick wall). Make a right once you have reached the top of the stairs and proceed to the front of the Biology-Psychology Building. There are picnic tables and benches in front of it. Enter the doorway on the far left-hand side of the building, or go inside then left until you enter a newer-looking building. You will enter a large atrium with a high ceiling. If you walk straight back towards the inner courtyard (away from the entrance). You will see 1103 on the left along a curved wall with a glass-walled handicap ramp, and across from a staircase.
From the Union Lane Garage: follow the signs to the Stamp Student Union, which is on Campus Drive. If you are standing at Campus Drive facing the front entrance of the Stamp Student Union (the entrance along Campus Drive), the Biology-Psychology building is located to your right. Head down the sidewalk running along Campus Drive (which goes downhill) and you will see the Biology-Psychology building to your left. There are picnic tables and benches in front of it. Enter the doorway on the far left-hand side of the building, or go inside then left until you enter a newer-looking building. You will enter a large atrium with a high ceiling. If you walk straight back towards the inner courtyard (away from the entrance). You will see 1103 on the left along a curved wall with a glass-walled handicap ramp, and across from a staircase.
Or you can park off campus for free and walk onto campus.