My research involves integrating neurobiology, development, evolution, and behavior to understand the proximate and ultimate causes behind sociality in birds. During my PhD at Cornell University, I studied the role the nonapeptides (oxytocin, vasopressin, and their non-mammalian homologues) play in regulating parental care and maintaining pair bonds in zebra finches. I also determined that corticosterone plays no role in regulating helping behavior in cooperatively breeding Mexican jays. I have also studied how sociality influences numerical cognition in Mexican jays and Woodhouse’s scrub jays.
Somveille, M., Firth, J.A., Aplin, L.M., Farine, D.R., Sheldon, B.C., Thompson, R.N. (2018) Movement and conformity interact to establish local behavioural traditions in animal populations. PLoS Computational Biology 14(12): e1006647.
Smith, M.L. (2018). Queenless honey bees build infrastructure for direct reproduction until their new queen proves her worth. Evolution. DOI:10.1111/evo.13628.
Maldonado-Chaparro, A.A., Alarcón-Nieto, G., Klarevas-Irby, J.A., Farine, D.R. (2018) Experimental disturbances reveal group-level costs of social instability. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20181577.
Zhanwei is a PhD student in Beijing Normal University. He earned his BSc in Information Engineering from Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology in 2013, and his MSc in Systems Science from Beijing Normal University in 2016. In 2018 Zhanwei was awarded a 2-year scholarship from the China Scholarship Council for his PhD research. From October 2018, he joined the Couzin lab as a joint PhD student at the Department of Collective Behaviour in the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.
Smaldino, P.E., Aplin, L.M., Farine, D.R. (2018) Sigmoidal Acquisition Curves Are Good Indicators of Conformist Transmission. Scientific Reports 8: 14015.
Boogert, N.J., Lachlan, R.F., Spencer, K.A., Templeton, C.N., Farine, D.R. (2018) Stress hormones, social associations and song learning in zebra finches. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 373: 20170290.
Couzin, I.D. (2018) Synchronization: The Key to Effective Communication in Animal Collectives, Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22(10), 844-846.
Davis, G.H., Crofoot, M.C., Farine, D.R. (2018) Estimating the robustness and uncertainty of animal social networks using different observational methods. Animal Behaviour 141: 29-44.
Cantor, M., Farine, D.R. (2018) Simple foraging rules in competitive environments can generate socially-structured populations. Ecology and Evolution 8(10): 4978-4991.