Why vampire bats network

Here are slides from the longer version (about 2x as long) of the talk I gave at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Bat Research. There was a contest at the conference for shortest title, hence the 3-word title.

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Date: October 31, 2015

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a lot of empirical work and theory on parental care and parent-offspring conflict.

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pair bonds in voles: one of the great biology success stories

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animal analogs of human friendships.

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friendships have interesting traits

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Vampire bats are outliers for brain and neocortex size.

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A fed bat gets a large meal, but bats often miss meals & can starve after missing 2+ meals.

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video showing self grooming and social grooming.

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5 group-living bats are housed at OBC in Michigan. None have ectoparasites.

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Self-grooming rates did not differ.

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Social grooming rates did.

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Vampires socially groom more than other bats.

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This is what we predict.

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This is what we found.

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Not the result of fishing for correlations.

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Vampires don’t put all their cooperative investments (eggs) in one partner (basket).

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It is becoming increasingly clear that cooperation is best understood in context of networks not dyads

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Thank you to my supporters.

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Email me if you are interested in working with us.

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About Gerry Carter

I study the behavioral, sensory, and social ecology of vampire bats. http://socialbat.org.
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  1. Pingback: Social benefits of non-kin food sharing by female vampire bats | social bat .org — Gerald Carter

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