Research Seminar: Dr Sam Ellis - University of Exeter

24 February 2020, 1.00 PM - 27 November 2019, 2.00 PM

Dr Sam Ellis hosted by Dr Robert Heathcote

G13/14 Seminar Room


Sociality and fitness in whales and primates


Social relationships are a fundamental component of group life. Individuals often interact or associate with others in an affiliative or non-agonistic manner, and these interactions can have fitness consequences. I will discuss work I have undertaken in killer whales and rhesus macaques to understand if - and crucially how - an individual’s social relationships, and their position within the structure of their social environment, affect their fitness. I will also present some work examining how social structure is linked to kinship structure in killer whales, and the consequences this may have for understanding the ontogeny of social relationships and social structure. 

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Center for Whale Research

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