Q & A with our new interns

Every season, two volunteer interns will be assisting the vampire bat food-sharing project at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama. These are our first two interns for Spring 2016. A month ago, eighteen-year-old whiz kid¬†Jana Nowatzki¬†(left) joined our project from Konstanz, Germany. Jana is a surprisingly self-motivated, bright, positive, and precocious student. Armed … Continue reading Q & A with our new interns

An essay about caves and the origins of echolocation

Caves and the origins of echolocation Imagine that you are in a cave, a very familiar cave, but with no light. Do you think you could collect information about your location by shouting or clapping and listening to the echoes? Would a large chamber sound different than a tight passage? Sound ridiculous? Try this experiment. … Continue reading An essay about caves and the origins of echolocation

What can vampire bats teach us about human cooperation?

I have been asked this question several times by journalists and people during outreach events. So here's my answer: If you really want to understand human cooperation, you should study humans. Specifically, we should study how humans cooperate with each other under natural circumstances across a wide diversity of cultures. And we should manipulate the … Continue reading What can vampire bats teach us about human cooperation?