Some recent news from our lab:
- Former undergraduate lab member Emma Kline published her research project entitled “Habituation of common vampire bats to biologgers” in the open-access journal Royal Society Open Science. Emma showed that vampire bats habituate to proximity sensors if they are securely attached; however, they spend much of their time trying to remove the tag when first attached and after it becomes loose before it falls off.
- PhD candidate Imran Razik finished a manuscript entitled “Forced proximity promotes the formation of enduring cooperative relationships in vampire bats“. Imran is now in Panama conducting a year-long experiment testing for partner choice during social bonding in vampire bats.
- Postdoc Basti Stockmaier was recently chosen for The Ohio State University’s President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program. This fellowship gives him a year of direct funding from the university. Basti is now in Panama conducting experiments tracking the rate of contacts between vampire bats and co-roosting fruit bats.
- Postdoc May Dixon joined our lab. During her PhD with Mike Ryan and Rachel Page, May studied the extent to which behaviors and cognitive traits (like habituation and long-term memory) might be adapted for the different needs of related, but ecologically divergent, bat species.
- I recently gave a seminar at UCLA’s Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, summarizing our lab’s work on vampire bats (available on Youtube).