Now – October 2017, the Smithsonian Institute has awarded me with a fellowship to finish collecting data from lab and field experiments on vampire bat social behavior with Rachel Page at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.
November 2017 – August 2018, the Humboldt Foundation has awarded me a fellowship to learn more about social network analysis, resampling methods, and simulations in collaboration with Damien Farine at the Department of Collective Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, in Germany.
August 2018, I will be back in the USA working in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University as a tenure-track assistant professor of biology. I will also continue my collaborations with the Organization for Bat Conservation.
This is an exciting time, and the challenge for me is to make the very most of it! I find myself in the unbelievably fortunate and privileged position of being gifted the freedom to do what I love, and given the resources to do it as well as I can. For this, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to my recent mentors, Jerry Wilkinson, John Ratcliffe, and Rachel Page. Most of all, I thank everyone on Team Vampire.
Work as hard as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do! —Richard Feynman