Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Nicola Koyama

Dr Nicola Koyama

Telephone: 0151 231 2627

Biography

I am interested in the evolution of social behaviour. My research focuses on how group-living individuals regulate their social relationships, how they manage aggressive conflict within the context of their various relationships, individuals' roles within their social networks and network changes over time. I have explored how individuals maintain their cooperative relationships through reciprocation and interchange of valuable social services. Much of my research has been carried out with non-human primates.

My research has extended to humans to include investigations of mate preferences and sexual advertisement. I am interested in the adaptive nature of human mate preferences and their plasticity and flexibility in today’s societies. This has involved projects examining the influence of feminist attitudes on traditional mate preferences and the manipulation of female clothing in response to increased mate competition.

I currently supervise five PhD students working on a broad range of topics:
Ed Parker – Behavioural ecology of samango monkeys
Harriet Thatcher – Socio-ecology and anthropogenic disturbance in vervet monkeys
Isabelle Szott – Stress & coping strategies in savanna elephants
Simon Stringer – Behaviour and seed dispersal of samango monkeys
James Waterman - Intra- and inter-group relations in Sulawesi crested black macaques

Degrees

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD in Primate Behaviour

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2004 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Koyama NF, Ronkainen K, Aureli F. 2017. Durability and flexibility of chimpanzee grooming patterns during a period of dominance instability American Journal of Primatology, >DOI

Farooqi S, Koyama NF. 2016. The Occurrence of Post-Conflict Skills in Captive Immature Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) International Journal of Primatology, 37 :1-15 >DOI

Journal article

Koyama NF, Ronkainen K, Aureli F. 2017. Durability and flexibility of chimpanzee grooming patterns during a period of dominance instability American Journal of Primatology, >DOI

Farooqi S, Koyama NF. 2016. The Occurrence of Post-Conflict Skills in Captive Immature Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) International Journal of Primatology, 37 :1-15 >DOI

Bethell EJ, Koyama NF. 2015. Happy hamsters? Enrichment induces positive judgement bias for mildly (but not truly) ambiguous cues to reward and punishment in Mesocricetus auratus Royal Society Open Science, 2 >DOI >Link

Lawson JF, James C, Jannson AUC, Koyama NF, Hill RA. 2014. A comparison of heterosexual and homosexual mating preferences in personal advertisements Evolution and Human Behavior, 35 :408-414 >DOI

Koyama NF, Caws C, Aureli F. 2012. Supply and demand predict male grooming to swollen females in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Animal Behaviour, 84 :1419-1425 >DOI

Majolo B, Ventura R, Koyama NF. 2009. Anxiety Level Predicts Post-Conflict Behaviour in Wild Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata yakui) ETHOLOGY, 115 :986-995 >DOI >Link

Majolo B, Ventura R, Koyama NF, Hardie SM, Jones BM, Knapp LA, Schino G. 2009. Analysing the effects of group size and food competition on Japanese macaque social relationships BEHAVIOUR, 146 :113-137 >DOI >Link

Majolo B, Ventura R, Koyama NF. 2009. A Statistical Modelling Approach to the Occurrence and Timing of Reconciliation in Wild Japanese Macaques ETHOLOGY, 115 :152-166 >DOI >Link

Majolo B, Koyama N. 2006. Seasonal effects on reconciliation in Macaca fuscata yakui INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 27 :1383-1397 >DOI >Link

Koyama NF, Caws C, Aureli F. 2006. Interchange of grooming and agonistic support in chimpanzees. International Journal of Primatology, 27 :1293-1309 >DOI

Koyama NF, Palagi E. 2006. Managing conflict: Evidence from wild and captive primates. International Journal of Primatology, 27 :1235-1240 >DOI

Ventura R, Majolo B, Koyama NF, Hardie S, Schino G. 2006. Reciprocation and interchange in wild Japanese macaques: grooming, cofeeding, and agonistic support. Am J Primatol, 68 :1138-1149 >DOI >Link

Majolo B, Ventura R, Koyama N. 2005. Postconflict behavior among male Japanese macaques INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 26 :321-336 >DOI >Link

Hill RA, Donovan S, Koyama NF. 2005. Female sexual advertisement reflects resource availability in twentieth-century UK society\ HUMAN NATURE-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY BIOSOCIAL PERSPECTIVE, 16 :266-277 >DOI >Link

Majolo B, Ventura R, Koyama NF. 2005. Sex, rank and age differences in the Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata yakui) participation in inter-group encounters ETHOLOGY, 111 :455-468 >DOI >Link

Koyama NF, McGain A, Hill RA. 2004. Self-reported mate preferences and "femimst" attitudes regarding marital relations EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 25 :327-335 >DOI >Link

Koyama NF. 2003. Matrilineal cohesion and social networks in Macaca fuscata INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 24 :797-811 >DOI >Link

Koyama NF. 2001. The long-term effects of reconciliation in Japanese macaques Macaca fuscata ETHOLOGY, 107 :975-987 >DOI >Link

Koyama NF, Dunbar RIM. 1996. Anticipation of conflict by chimpanzees PRIMATES, 37 :79-86 >DOI >Link

Chapters

Koyama NF. 2000. Conflict-reduction mechanisms before feeding. Aureli F, de Waal FBM. Natural Conflict Resolution :130-132 University of California Press.. Berkley, California. 978-0520223462

Koyama NF. C < Rb Shackleford TK, Weekes-Shackleford VA. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science Springer International Publishing. Springer Link 978-3-319-16999-6 >DOI

Koyama NF. R = Coefficient of relatedness Shackelford TK, Weekes-Shackelford VA. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science Springer International Publishing. SpringerLink 978-3-319-16999-6 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

European Congress of Behavioural Biology, Organiser, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/ecbb

External committees:

Primate Society of Great Britain Council, Primate Society of Great Britain, Council Member