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We study the causes and consequences of collective behaviour in social vertebrates. Our research combines experimental studies of animals in both the wild and the lab, and using theoretical models, to address questions at three levels: 1) how social and ecological conditions mediate collective behaviour and social network structure, 2) identifying the mechanisms of collective action and the consequences of disturbances to social structure, and 3) quantifying the evolutionary feedback between behavioural strategies and multi-level selection.
While we are primarily focussed on addressing biological questions, a strength of our group is that we leverage technologies that provide rich and high-resolution datasets. These methods allow us to span the scale of our studies from individuals through to populations. We work with a range of systems, focussing mostly on birds, but also on mammals and other species through a range of collaborators.
Group leader: Damien Farine
Lab photo from 2017 at our annual retreat (Vosges, France)
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Lab photo from 2016 at our annual retreat (Lake Como, Italy)