Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies

Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies

 

For many animals, ecological and evolutionary success depends not only on the characteristics or decisions of lone individuals, but also on what happens when groups of individuals come together and interact. These group-level behaviors and traits are important because they can transform the social landscape, giving rise to novel selective pressures that drive the evolution of social complexity. Our research seeks to answer the fundamental question: How do animal societies emerge and function?

We embrace an explicitly collaborative approach to scientific exploration. Our multi-disciplinary team works together to develop new ways of measuring, analyzing and interpreting the behavior of socially complex animal species in ecologically and evolutionarily relevant field settings. Within- and between-species comparison is critical to understanding the causes and consequences of social variation and so we aim to build a common framework for monitoring and analyzing the interactions—from dyad to group to population—that comprise the ‘sociome.’

Decision Making in Social Groups

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<h1>5 Year Position in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology available</h1>
Are you a quantitatively-oriented scientist who takes a data-driven approach to understanding how complex animal societies emerge and function? Interested in establishing an independent research program and contributing to departmental teaching?
We look forward to receiving your application until January 31, 2020. more
<h1>Scientific Writing Position available</h1>
Are you a scientifically trained writer with experience communicating to both professional and popular audiences? Interested in collaborating with our scientists to write papers for publication in professional journals, contributing to books and articles targeting non-specialist audiences, and authoring public outreach materials?
We look forward to receiving your application until January 31, 2020. more
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