Proximity sensors, preprints, and grants

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 entitled "Proximity sensors on common noctule bats reveal evidence that mothers guide juveniles to roosts … Continue reading Proximity sensors, preprints, and grants

New paper on relatedness and social networks across different bats

Last year, I attended a symposium hosted by Peter Kappeler at the German Primate Center on the topic of "social complexity". A bunch of evolutionary and behavioral ecologists from different backgrounds got together to argue about stuff like 'How should we define social complexity?', 'Is the brain size of a species a good of measure … Continue reading New paper on relatedness and social networks across different bats

Tracking our vampire bats after they are released into the wild

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 do this, we are attaching networked proximity sensors to 23 previously captive and captive-born bats … Continue reading Tracking our vampire bats after they are released into the wild

Meeting with the vampire bat control team, and footage of a white-winged vampire bat

On September 1, bat workers with the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) in Colon visited the Gamboa Bat Lab. We had an amazing and informative meeting and shared experiences working with vampires and other bats. We are hoping to develop some new long-term projects on vampire bats and discuss useful information to help solve the … Continue reading Meeting with the vampire bat control team, and footage of a white-winged vampire bat

Job opening: Animal Behavior PI position at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (also 3 ecology positions)

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has openings for 5 Staff Scientists. These are Principle Investigator positions where you run your own research lab as if you were a professor, but with minimal teaching duties. The STRI Staff Scientists pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Example. Previous tropical experience is not required. We … Continue reading Job opening: Animal Behavior PI position at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (also 3 ecology positions)