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 vampire bats have friends?"
- Do you hear what I hear? Hearing sensitivity of the common vampire bat
- Is killing vampire bats good for public health? No. It might increase rabies risks.
- The story of "How I almost died in Trinidad"
- Goals of science vs Goals of scientists (& a love letter to PLOS One)
- What animals will a vampire bat feed on? You might be surprised.
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Category Archives: About cooperation
We are soon to be wrapping up several analyses and starting some new ones. I want to mention one analysis that never really got off the ground, but it’s a good idea. My intern Jana asked me a great question: Does … Continue reading
We have four new vampire bats. The bats here at the field station have been breeding in captivity, which is a good sign that they are doing well, and it ensures we have some highly related dyads for our experiments. My … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Looking into the human literature on the evolution of cooperation, I feel that studies on humans are often conducted and interpreted poorly compared to studies of cooperation in ants, bacteria, fish, and other nonhuman primates. One point of confusion involves wrong assumptions … Continue reading
Most of the 1,300 species of bats live in groups. Indeed, some are quite social, with relationships that last for years. For the latest issue on the evolution of direct benefits cooperation in Philosophical Transactions B, Jerry Wilkinson was asked to write a … Continue reading
I hope this is the last blogpost I ever write about semantics. I always want to point people to a good reference on what the words that I use mean (and there isn’t a short quick guide), and Wikipedia does … Continue reading
The VampCam is being featured on the STRI website frontpage. There’s an inaccuracy though– it gives the wrong name of the authors on the study they discuss. I did that social grooming study in collaboration with the Organization for Bat Conservation … Continue reading