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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Top Posts & Pages
- Do you hear what I hear? Hearing sensitivity of the common vampire bat
- What animals will a vampire bat feed on? You might be surprised.
- Field notes on weekend trip to Costa Rica (with disc-winged bats!)
- The story of "How I almost died in Trinidad"
- Relatedness and kin discrimination in vampire bats (and a few updates)
- Should we wipe out vampire bats?
- The use of the terms "reciprocity" and "reciprocal altruism" in biology
- New grad student: Bridget Brown
Category Archives: About science as an activity
Simon Ripperger will be joining our team this summer in Panama. Simon recently published the first paper on his new method for sampling dynamic social networks of whole groups of bats in the field. The paper in Biology Letters is … Continue reading
Scientific conferences are some of the biggest highlights of my year. I just attended the Behavior2017 Conference in the beautiful seaside town of Estoril, Portugal. I’m still early enough in my scientific career that when I attend a conference, I … Continue reading
More information: Sears Lab
With my new lab starting in Fall 2018, I am now interested in prospective graduate students and postdocs. More information on how to apply here. Below are some of my thoughts and advice on applying to graduate schools and being a … Continue reading
“New” ideas are rarely new. In science we stand on the shoulders of giants and whenever I read the works of the giants, I often find that many ideas or discoveries– that I thought were “mine” or belonged to some … Continue reading
In 1984, Gerald Wilkinson published a paper in Nature showing that vampire bats share food in the form of regurgitated blood, within groups that contain both kin and non-kin. This was one of the fi… Source: Revisiting Wilkinson 1984
I recently wrote about how both the incentive structures for academics and publishers can create problems for science. I posted it to twitter. I did not truly understand twitter until that day. Visits to the post grew exponentially up to >8,000 visitors … Continue reading