Eli is a behavioral ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary forces underlying group living, with a focus on social hierarchies and the role they play in the broader context of the costs and benefits of sociality. Eli received his PhD in 2019 from Michigan State University, where he studied social dynamics in the complex, hierarchical societies of wild spotted hyenas. In his ongoing work, he is pursuing comparative research into basic principles underlying the ubiquity of inequality and social hierarchies across taxa.
Mbizah, M.M., Farine, D.R., Valeix, M., Hunt, J.E., Macdonald, D.W., Loveridge, A.J. (2020) Effect of ecological factors on fine-scale patterns of social structure in African lions. Journal of Animal Ecology.
Ferreira, A.C., Silva, L.R., Renna, F., Brandl, H.B., Renoult, J.P., Farine, D.R., Covas, R., Doutrelant, C. (2020) Deep learning-based methods for individual recognition in small birds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
David is a behavioural ecologist interested in the behavioural adjustments of individuals in responses to environmental changes, especially changes in temperature and water availability. At a broader scale, his aim is to understand how animal behaviour could buffer the local effects of global change and ultimately to predict individuals’ activity window under different climate change scenarios. David received his PhD in 2019 from Sorbonne Université in Paris, during which he described and studied thermo-hydroregulation behaviours in the common lizard in response to variable temperature,
Christina is a behavioural ecologist interested in behavioural evolution, and how fitness is modulated by the interplay between behaviour and various biotic and abiotic factors. She received her PhD from Stockholm University, Sweden, working with wolves and dogs to answer questions about how behaviour has evolved during domestication—specifically demonstrating how domestication can break behavioural correlations. In 2020, Christina was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Swedish Research Council to come work at the Farine Lab,
Janet recently earned her undergraduate degree in BSc in Natural Resources management (Wildlife option) from Karatina University (Kenya). She was an undergraduate student intern at Lake Nakuru National Park and worked in different departments, including Research Tourism, Problematic Animal Control, and Education. For her undergraduate degree she also worked on foraging behaviour of sunbirds. Her passion for ornithology began back when she was a student whereby she led in bird observation under Karatina University Nature Club and participated in Annual bird census under Nature Kenya.
John Wanjala has been working at Mpala Research Centre for over 3yrs, during which time he has collaborated on numerous projects. These include the KLEE (KENYA LONGTERM EXCLOSURE EXPERIMENT) project, where he performed various tasks including collecting data, performing cattle runs, and conducting dung and grass surveys. He later worked with Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellows where they used camera traps to observe different wildlife found at different parts of the Smithsonian plots. He has now works with the Vulturine Guineafowl Project,
Ferreira, A.C., Covas, R., Silva, L.R., Esteves, S.C., Duarte, I.F., Fortuna, R., Theron, F., Doutrelant, C., Farine, D.R. (2020) How to make methodological decisions when inferring social networks. Ecology & Evolution.
Bond, M.L., König, B., Lee, D.E., Ozgul, A., Farine, D.R. (in press) Proximity to humans affects local social structure in a giraffe metapopulation. Journal of Animal Ecology.
Alexandre earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology (2015) and his Master’s degree in Ecology (2018) from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil). For his Mater’s thesis, he studied how individual traits affect the social structure of bottlenose dolphins that forages cooperatively with artisanal fishers. Alexandre is now a Ph.D. student at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, under the supervision of Prof. Fabio Daura-Jorge, Dr. Mauricio Cantor and Dr. Damien Farine. He is investigating how individual variation in dolphins that forage with artisanal fishers influences the benefits accrued in this unique cooperation.