Barrett Fellows are hard at work setting-up our new field project on the evolutionary behavioral ecology of California ground squirrels at Briones Regional Park.
New collaborations: Our working group is exploring the emergence of Hierarchy and Leadership in mammalian societies at the National Institute of Mathematical & Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
1) Theoretical Advances in Animal Social Networks: New paper in Behavioral Ecology outlines recent advances and suggests new ways to propel the field of animal social networks forward.
2) Early Play as Practice for Dominance: Recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds that early play might predict later dominance relationships in marmots.
3) Development of Reciprocity: New paper in Animal Behaviour demonstrates that reciprocity of affiliative exchanges increases as marmots mature from pups to adults, especially with kin.
4) Convergent Evolution and Cooperation: Our Current Anthropology paper on convergent evolution reveals traits favoring cooperation in extant mammalian carnivores and provides new insights into Hominin evolution. See coverage by NPR and the
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