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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photo source: https://www.touristmaker.com/gambia/

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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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