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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23 papers found

  • Journal article

    Cognition in a changing world: Red-headed Gouldian finches enter spatially unfamiliar habitats more readily than do black-headed birds

    Mettke-Hofmann C, Eccles G and Greggor A and Bethell E

    Publish date:17/09/2020

  • Journal article

    A Severe Lack of Evidence Limits Effective Conservation of the World's Primates.

    Junker J, Petrovan SO, Arroyo-RodrÍguez V, Boonratana R, Byler D, Chapman CA, Chetry D, Cheyne SM, Cornejo FM, CortÉs-Ortiz L, Cowlishaw G, Christie AP, Crockford C, Torre SDL, De Melo FR, Fan P, Grueter CC, GuzmÁn-Caro DC, Heymann EW, Herbinger I, Hoang MD, Horwich RH, Humle T, Ikemeh RA, Imong IS, Jerusalinsky L, Johnson SE, Kappeler PM, Kierulff MCM, KonÉ I, Kormos R, Le KQ, Li B, Marshall AJ, Meijaard E, Mittermeier RA, Muroyama Y, Neugebauer E, Orth L, Palacios E, Papworth SK, Plumptre AJ, Rawson BM, Refisch J, Ratsimbazafy J, Roos C, Setchell JM, Smith RK, Sop T, Schwitzer C, Slater K, Strum SC, Sutherland WJ, Talebi M, Wallis J, Wich S, Williamson EA and Wittig RM and KÜhl HS

    Publish date:01/09/2020

  • Journal article

    How socio-ecological factors influence the differentiation of social relationships: an integrated conceptual framework

    Moscovice LR and Sueur C and Aureli F

    Publish date:01/09/2020

  • Journal article

    Morphological variants of silent bared-teeth displays have different social interaction outcomes in crested macaques (Macaca nigra)

    Clark PR, Waller BM, Burrows AM, Julle-Daniere E, Agil M and Engelhardt A and Micheletta J

    Publish date:20/08/2020

  • Journal article

    There is no Other Monkey in the Mirror for Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)

    Murray L, Schaffner CM and Aureli F and Amici F

    Publish date:01/08/2020

  • 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


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