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Meet the Scientist: Kelly Speer

April 1, 2017

Kelly wears a headlamp and sits just outside of a cave holding a small bat.

The Secret Lives of Vampire Flies

Bat flies are parasites that strictly feed on the blood of bats. These parasites have unique life cycles and traits that allow them to flourish both in dark, underground caves and on their flying bat hosts.

By studying these interesting insects, Kelly Speer, a Ph.D. degree candidate at the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School, gains insight into the evolution of bats and the ecology of pathogens in this system. Join us as Kelly discusses her research on bat flies and bats, and shares specimens with us!


On select Saturday afternoons throughout the school year, children 7 years old and older are invited to join us upstairs in the Discovery Room for a chance to talk with an AMNH scientist as they share their passion for science and fascinating findings with us.

Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45.