Carter Lab (Spring 2019) left to right:

  • Bridget Brown (MSc student) is testing the role of scent cues for roost finding in bats.
  • Imran Razik (PhD student) studies causes and consequences of individual variation in cooperativeness of female vampire bats.
  • David Girbino (Undergrad) is testing whether first impressions between strangers predict formation of long-term relationships.
  • Theresa Chen (PhD student) is assessing kinship information in contact calls. She will also be studying reciprocity in rats with Michael Taborsky in Switzerland.
  • Gerry Carter (Assistant Professor, CV) is testing if and how vampire bats regulate their food-sharing relationships.
  • Emma Kline (Undergrad, not shown above) is testing if proximity loggers change the behaviors of bats
  • Simon Ripperger (Postdoc, shown below on left) is using proximity loggers to track bat social networks in the wild.
Lab Trip to Hocking Hills State Park


  • Sebastian Stockmaier (PhD student, UT Austin) studies the effects of sickness on social behavior.
  • Aura Raulo (PhD student, Oxford) and Karthik Yarlagadda (PhD student, U Illinois) both study microbiomes.
  • Rachel Page (Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) is a sensory ecologist who works on frog-eating bats. She was my postdoc advisor and hosts our research in Panama.
  • Damien Farine (PI, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology) was another postdoc advisor. He uses social network to understand individual and collective behavior.
  • Alex Ophir (Faculty, Cornell) and Angela Freeman (Postdoc, Cornell) will help us understand the neuroendocrine basis for cooperation in bats.
  • Liz Hobson (Santa Fe Institute) will help us understand social dominance.

Past ‘Team Vampire’ members at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute:

  • Darija Josic (2017)
  • Samuel Kaiser (2017)
  • Jineth Berrio-Martinez (2017)
  • Katharina Eggert (2017)
  • Nia Toshkova (2017)
  • Hugo Narizano (2016)
  • Julia Vrtilek (2016-2017)
  • Ellen Jacobs (2016)
  • Rachel Moon (2016)
  • Yelitza Garcia (2016)
  • Emily Dong (2016)
  • Yesenia Valverde (2016)
  • Rachel Crisp (2016- 2017)
  • Sebastian Stockmaier (2016-2017)
  • Jana Nowatzki (Spring 2016)

Past research assistants at University of Maryland:

  • Erik Kim (Spring 2013)
  • Edward Hurme (Summer 2013)
  • Micah Miles (2013)
  • Lauren Leffer (2013- 2014)
  • Collin Mummert (Spring 2012)
  • Anna Jiang (Fall 2011)
  • Tanya Tran (Fall 2011)
  • Alex Lundy (Summer and Fall 2011)
  • Ryane Logsdon (Summer 2011)
  • Adi Shaked (Fall 2010)

Older Lab Photos

Lab Fall 2018: Imran, Theresa, David, Gerry, Bridget, and Brandon Bowers (undergrad)

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