We aim to understand the evolution and regulation of cooperative relationships. I use grooming and food sharing to gain insights into the social lives of vampire bats. My lab starts Fall 2018 at The Ohio State University.
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- Do you hear what I hear? Hearing sensitivity of the common vampire bat
- Foraging vampire bats can expect big meals or none at all
- The use of the terms "reciprocity" and "reciprocal altruism" in biology
- Goals of science vs Goals of scientists (& a love letter to PLOS One)
- The story of "How I almost died in Trinidad"
Author Archives: Gerry Carter
I’ve always been incredibly curious about the natural world and how it works, especially the animal kingdom. As a kid I would spend hours peeking under rocks, watching documentaries, and reading through wildlife encyclopedias. My entire childhood was focused around … Continue reading
My entire childhood up until I graduated high school, I was confident that I would be working with animals as a veterinarian. However, after volunteering at small animal clinics for two years, I realized that I no longer desired to … Continue reading
A few updates: I’m delighted to announce my first three graduate students at Ohio State University: Bridget Brown, Theresa Chen, and Imran Razik. Read more about them here. Theresa and Imran have both won competitive fellowships from the university. We published … Continue reading
This week I’ve been working with a team of bat researchers in Lamanai, Belize (an archaeological site of the ruins of a Mayan city). We are collecting data for a study on the effects of sickness behavior on social associations … Continue reading
I’m finally seeing bats flying around here at dusk in Germany, and for the first time I’m missing Panama a bit. But it’s not that I don’t like Panama, I just love where I am now! I’ve been trying to make … Continue reading
After almost 2 years of cooperation experiments in captivity, we are now attempting to monitor the social relationships of our vampire bats as we release them back into the wild. We are hoping to track bat-bat and bat-cow encounters. To … Continue reading