Workshops in Ecology and Behaviour: Dr. Per Smiseth

19 November 2019, 4.00 PM - 19 November 2019, 5.00 PM

Dr. Per Smiseth hosted by Prof. Innes Cuthill

Life Sciences Building, G13/14 Seminar Room

A behavioural ecology perspective on inbreeding & inbreeding depression

What lessons can be gained by integrating inbreeding and behavioural ecology? This seminar presents results from experiments on social interactions among inbred and outbred individuals within families of the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. This work provides evidence of indirect genetic effects of inbreeding, where the behaviour and fitness of outbred individuals are altered due to social interactions with inbred individuals. It also show that social interactions between inbred and outbred individuals can shape variation in the severity of inbreeding depression. Finally, it shows that inbreeding can provide a useful tool for addressing key questions in behavioural ecology, such as what behavioural mechanisms mediate the resolution of conflict among family members.

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