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)

Behaviour17 Conference

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 often meet, for the first time, people whose work I've read. Public speaking is always … Continue reading Behaviour17 Conference

English translation of Park (1988) Dominance relationships in a colony of vampire bats. Korean Journal of Zoology.

Rachel Crisp is currently writing her masters thesis on dominance interactions in female vampire bats. Males have a clear dominance hierarchy in competition over roost territories, but do the female vampires have a dominance rank? If so, does it strongly correlate with cooperative interactions? Her work should come out next year! Despite all the work on … Continue reading English translation of Park (1988) Dominance relationships in a colony of vampire bats. Korean Journal of Zoology.