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
- The story of "How I almost died in Trinidad"
- Review of "The Social Conquest of Earth" by E. O. Wilson
- The use of the terms "reciprocity" and "reciprocal altruism" in biology
- Cooperative male alliances in bats
- Non-maternal allogrooming of pups
- Is the ingroup-outgroup bias just two points on a social distance spectrum?
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Spix’s disc-winged bat Thyroptera tricolor has suction cups (yes, suction cups) on its thumbs, and it uses these to cling to the smooth surface of young, furled Heliconia leaves. I’ve wanted to see a disc-winged bat since I was about … Continue reading
I had a brief discussion with someone at the International Behavioral Ecology meetings about evidence in bats for prepared learning–the phenomenon that animals learn some associations faster than others. More importantly, the notion here is that animals learn things faster when … Continue reading
Caves and the origins of echolocation Imagine that you are in a cave, a very familiar cave, but with no light. Do you think you could collect information about your location by shouting or clapping and listening to the echoes? … Continue reading
I need names and addresses of farmers and ranchers in Panama that have seen vampire bat bites on their animals! If you or anyone you know has information, please email me or call me at 68293025 (Panama). The urgency is … Continue reading
New paper came out on responses of a tropical free-tailed bat to distress calls. The title is Distress Calls of a Fast-Flying Bat (Molossus molossus) Provoke Inspection Flights but Not Cooperative Mobbing. Here’s the story behind the paper. A year … Continue reading
This photo taken by Jerry Wilkinson shows a tight cluster of bat pups in Africa (Rhinolophus darlingi). Several species of bats leave their pups behind in tight clusters like this called crèches. The smaller image shows one adult female greater … Continue reading
I just arrived in Panama and I’m very excited to be here. I recently joined a collaboration between Rachel Page’s lab in Gamboa, Panama and Yossi Yovel’s lab in Tel Aviv Israel. Rachel studies the fringe-lipped or frog-eating bat, Trachops … Continue reading