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. 

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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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5 papers found

  • Journal article

    The historical range and drivers of decline of the Tapanuli orangutan

    Meijaard E, Ni'matulah S, Dennis R, Sherman J and Onrizal O and Wich S

    Publish date:04/01/2021

  • Journal article

    Corrigendum: 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, de la Torre S, 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:01/01/2021

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    Developing and validating attention bias tools for assessing trait and state affect in animals: A worked example with Macaca mulatta

    Howarth ERI, Kemp C, Thatcher HR, Szott ID, Farningham D, Witham CL, Holmes A and Semple S and Bethell EJ

    Publish date:01/01/2021

  • Journal article

    Saving the Tapanuli orangutan requires zero losses

    Wich S and Meijaard E

    Publish date:01/01/2021

  • Journal article

    The role of affect in cooperation: How to test the emotional bookkeeping hypothesis

    Schino G and Aureli F

    Publish date:01/01/2021

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