Animal behaviour

Social behaviour, ecology and conservation

Investigating the interactions between social behaviour, ecology and cognition

Our key areas of interest are the evolution of animal societies and the interactions that occur within these societies and their link to emotion, cognition and communication. 


By studying these interactions, we can help certain species in terms of wildlife conservation and the improvement of animal welfare in captive settings. Although there is a focus on studies of primates (including humans), our research extends to other species including banded mongoose and birds.

We are using observational, experimental and modelling approaches in our research. We carry out several international collaborative projects on topics ranging from the regulation of social relationships to more recent developments in evolutionary psychology and cognitive evolution.

Impact case study: Community development and capacity building as key aspects of conservation strategy

Current collaborations

  • Caribbean Primate Research Center
  • University of Amsterdam
  • McGill University
  • St Andrews University
  • University of Exeter
  • Bielefeld University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Durham University
  • University of Venda
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program
  • Orangutan Information Centre
  • University of Kent
  • Bournemouth University
  • University of Amsterdam


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18 papers found

  • Journal article

    Tapanuli orangutan endangered by Sumatran hydropower scheme

    Laurance WF, Wich S, Onrizal O, Fredriksson G, Usher G, Santika T, Byler D, Mittermeier R, Kormos R and Williamson E and Meijaard E

    Publish date:20/07/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Measuring disturbance at a swift breeding colonies due to the visual aspects of a drone: a quasi-experiment study

    Mesquita GP, Rodríguez-Teijeiro JD and Wich S and Mulero Pazmany M

    Publish date:15/07/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    The global abundance of tree palms

    Muscarella R, Emilio T, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Slik F, Baker WJ, Couvreur TLP, Eiserhardt WL, Svenning J-C, Affum-Baffoe K, Aiba S-I, de Almeida EC, de Almeida SS, de Oliveira EA, Álvarez-Dávila E, Alves LF, Alvez-Valles CM, Carvalho FA, Guarin FA, Andrade A, Aragão LEOC, Murakami AA, Arroyo L, Ashton PS, Corredor GAA, Baker TR, de Camargo PB, Barlow J, Bastin J-F, Bengone NN, Berenguer E, Berry N, Blanc L, Böhning-Gaese K, Bonal D, Bongers F, Bradford M, Brambach F, Brearley FQ, Brewer SW, Camargo JLC, Campbell DG, Castilho CV, Castro W, Catchpole D, Cerón Martínez CE, Chen S, Chhang P, Cho P, Chutipong W, Clark C, Collins M, Comiskey JA, Medina MNC, Costa FRC, Culmsee H, David-Higuita H, Davidar P, del Aguila-Pasquel J, Derroire G, Di Fiore A, Van Do T, Doucet J-L, Dourdain A, Drake DR, Ensslin A, Erwin T, Ewango CEN, Ewers RM, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Ferreira J, Ferreira LV, Fischer M, Franklin J, Fredriksson GM, Gillespie TW, Gilpin M, Gonmadje C, Gunatilleke AUN, Hakeem KR, Hall JS, Hamer KC, Harris DJ, Harrison RD, Hector A, Hemp A, Herault B, Pizango CGH, Coronado ENH, Hubau W, Hussain MS, Ibrahim F-H, Imai N, Joly CA, Joseph S, K A, Kartawinata K, Kassi J, Killeen TJ, Kitayama K, Klitgård BB, Kooyman R, Labrière N, Larney E, Laumonier Y, Laurance SG, Laurance WF, Lawes MJ, Levesley A, Lisingo J, Lovejoy T, Lovett JC, Lu X, Lykke AM, Magnusson WE, Mahayani NPD, Malhi Y, Mansor A, Peña JLM, Marimon-Junior BH, Marshall AR, Melgaco K, Bautista CM, Mihindou V, Millet J, Milliken W, Mohandass D, Mendoza ALM, Mugerwa B, Nagamasu H, Nagy L, Seuaturien N, Nascimento MT, Neill DA, Neto LM, Nilus R, Vargas MPN, Nurtjahya E, de Araújo RNO, Onrizal O, Palacios WA, Palacios-Ramos S, Parren M, Paudel E, Morandi PS, Pennington RT, Pickavance G, Pipoly III JJ, Pitman NCA, Poedjirahajoe E, Poorter L, Poulsen JR, Rama Chandra Prasad P, Prieto A, Puyravaud J-P, Qie L, Quesada CA, Ramírez-Angulo H, Razafimahaimodison JC, Reitsma JM, Requena-Rojas EJ, Correa ZR, Rodriguez CR, Roopsind A, Rovero F, Rozak A, Lleras AR, Rutishauser E, Rutten G, Punchi-Manage R, Salomão RP, Van Sam H, Sarker SK, Satdichanh M, Schietti J, Schmitt CB, Marimon BS, Senbeta F, Nath Sharma L, Sheil D, Sierra R, Silva-Espejo JE, Silveira M, Sonké B, Steininger MK, Steinmetz R, Stévart T, Sukumar R, Sultana A, Sunderland TCH, Suresh HS, Tang J, Tanner E, ter Steege H, Terborgh JW, Theilade I, Timberlake J, Torres-Lezama A, Umunay P, Uriarte M, Gamarra LV, van de Bult M, van der Hout P, Martinez RV, Vieira ICG, Vieira SA, Vilanova E, Cayo JV, Wang O, Webb CO, Webb EL, White L, Whitfeld TJS, Wich S, Willcock S, Wiser SK, Young KR, Zakaria R, Zang R, Zartman CE and Zo-Bi IC and Balslev H

    Publish date:08/07/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Assessing the role of a mammalian frugivorous species on seed germination potential depends on study design: A case study using wild samango monkeys.

    Stringer S, Hill RA, Swanepoel L, Dalrymple S and Linden B and Koyama N

    Publish date:30/05/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    DNA barcoding of nematodes using the MinION

    Knot I, Zouganelis G, Weedall G and Wich S and Rae R

    Publish date:30/04/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Microplastics disrupt hermit crab shell selection

    Crump A, Mullens C, Bethell E and Cunningham EM and Arnott G

    Publish date:29/04/2020 00:00:00


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