Just in time for Halloween, the Chicago Science Writers joins The Field Mueum’s Bruce Patterson for a conversation on real-life bloodsuckers.
Bats represent roughly 20% of the world’s 6,000 mammal species, ranking them second only to rodents regarding evolutionary success. Bats are found on all continents save Antarctica and achieve the greatest diversity in the tropics. Patterson has studied them in the field in Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Kenya, Peru and South Africa, focusing on their ecology and evolution, as well as their co-evolution with pathogens and parasites. His talk about these “Masters of the Night” will reprise these topics, including glimpses of true vampires (3 species of American bats) and their vampires, blood-sucking ectoparasitic flies.