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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29 papers found

  • A protocol for training group-housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures using positive reinforcement

    Kemp C, Thatcher H, Farningham D, Witham C, MacLarnon A, Holmes A and Semple S and Bethell EJ

    Publish date:2017

  • Adapting astronomical source detection software to help detect animals in thermal images obtained by unmanned aerial systems

    Longmore SN, Collins RP, Pfeifer S, Fox SE, Mulero-Pazmany M, Bezombes F, Goodwin A, Ovelar MDJ and Knapen JH and Wich SA

    Publish date:2017

  • Assessment of Chimpanzee Nest Detectability Using UAV-Derived Aerial Imagery

    Bonnin N, Van Andel A, Kerby J and Piel A and Wich S

    Publish date:2017

  • Biased escorts: offspring sex, not relatedness explains alloparental care patterns in a cooperative breeder

    Vitikainen EIK, Marshall HH, Thompson FJ, Sanderson JL, Bell MBV, Gilchrist JS, Hodge SJ and Nichols HJ and Cant MA

    Publish date:2017

  • Degrees of freedom in social bonds of crested macaque females

    Duboscq J, Neumann C, Agil M, Perwitasari-Farajallah D and Thierry B and Engelhardt A

    Publish date:2017

  • Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences

    Wijedasa LS, Jauhiainen J, Kononen M, Lampela M, Vasander H, Leblanc M-C, Evers S, Smith TEL, Yule CM, Varkkey H, Lupascu M, Parish F, Singleton I, Clements GR, Aziz SA, Harrison ME, Cheyne S, Anshari GZ, Meijaard E, Goldstein JE, Waldron S, Hergoualc'h K, Dommain R, Frolking S, Evans CD, Posa MRC, Glaser PH, Suryadiputra N, Lubis R, Santika T, Padfield R, Kurnianto S, Hadisiswoyo P, Lim TW, Page SE, Gauci V, Van der Meer PJ, Buckland H, Garnier F, Samuel MK, Choo LNLK, O'Reilly P, Warren M, Suksuwan S, Sumarga E, Jain A, Laurance WF, Couwenberg J, Joosten H, Vernimmen R, Hooijer A, Malins C, Cochrane MA, Perumal B, Siegert F, Peh KS-H, Comeau L-P, Verchot L, Harvey CF, Cobb A, Jaafar Z, Wosten H, Manuri S, Muller M, Giesen W, Phelps J, Yong DL, Silvius M, Wedeux BMM, Hoyt A, Osaki M, Hirano T, Takahashi H, Kohyama TS, Haraguchi A, Nugroho NP, Coomes DA, Quoi LP, Dohong A, Gunawan H, Gaveau DLA, Langner A, Lim FKS, Edwards DP, Giam X, Van der Werf G, Carmenta R, Verwer CC, Gibson L, Gandois L, Graham LLB, Regalino J, Wich SA, Rieley J, Kettridge N, Brown C, Pirard R, Moore S, Capilla BR, Ballhorn U, Ho HC, Hoscilo A, Lohberger S, Evans TA, Yulianti N, Blackham G, Onrizal , Husson S, Murdiyarso D, Pangala S, Cole LES, Tacconi L, Segah H, Tonoto P, Lee JSH, Schmilewski G, Wulffraat S, Putra EI, Cattau ME, Clymo RS, Morrison R, Mujahid A, Miettinen J, Liew SC, Valpola S, Wilson D, D'Arcy L, Gerding M, Sundari S, Thornton SA, Kalisz B, Chapman SJ, Su ASM, Basuki I, Itoh M, Traeholt C, Sloan S and Sayok AK and Andersen R

    Publish date:2017

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