Thank You to everyone who helped with The Ohio Bat Festival

The Ohio Bat Festival on October 29 was a big success! At least 524 people attended, which is far more than we expected (our predictions ranged from 75 to 237 attendees). Despite our shoestring budget (just $1000 per year from the National Science Foundation), we put on a great event thanks to generous donations of … Continue reading Thank You to everyone who helped with The Ohio Bat Festival

New paper: How often does rabies make vampire bats aggressive?

I have no expertise in epidemiology or disease ecology, but it's hard to ignore these important topics if you study vampire bats, which cause deadly rabies outbreaks throughout Latin America. Preventing rabies outbreaks is one of the most important reasons that scientists study vampire bats. Surprisingly, though, few studies look closely at how rabies actually … Continue reading New paper: How often does rabies make vampire bats aggressive?

New paper: Long-term memory in bats

Our newest postdoctoral researcher May Dixon and her co-authors (Patty Jones, Mike Ryan, me, and Rachel Page) have a new paper entitled “Long-term memory in frog-eating bats” in the journal Current Biology. The frog-eating bat (or fringe-lipped bat) is an acoustic eavesdropping predator that learns and remembers the calls of different frogs and katydids. As … Continue reading New paper: Long-term memory in bats

New paper: “Forced proximity promotes the formation of enduring cooperative relationships in vampire bats”

The latest paper from our lab by Imran Razik, Bridget Brown, and I can be found here at Biology Letters. This plot shows the experimental design. Imran let female vampire bats groom each other (network on left), then randomly selected bats to house together in a small cage for one week (middle), and then let … Continue reading New paper: “Forced proximity promotes the formation of enduring cooperative relationships in vampire bats”

Lab updates March 2022

Imran Razik, Jorge Lopez Donado, Maddy Foote, Basti Stockmaier, May Dixon and I captured familiar and unfamiliar female vampire bats from several different sites to create three captive colonies in Panama.Imran, Jorge, and Maddy are currently in Panama conducting a long-term experiment on partner choice during relationship formation in vampire bats. Imran was awarded a Smithsonian … Continue reading Lab updates March 2022

Updates for January 2022

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 … Continue reading Updates for January 2022

New paper on convergence in the gut microbiomes of vampire bats

In this study led by recent PhD graduate Karthik Yarlagadda at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we looked for evidence for social convergence in vampire bats that clustered, groomed, and shared food. Karthik used shotgun sequencing to measure the microbial similarity of samples from six zoos in the USA, a wild colony in Belize, and three … Continue reading New paper on convergence in the gut microbiomes of vampire bats