speaker: Dieter Lukas
(University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology)
building: Harold Mitchell
room: Dyers Brae Seminar Room
see also: additional details
host/contact: Dr Christian Rutz
Female relationships across mammals range from highly supportive to intensively aggressive, often within the same species. While differences in the structure of female relationships may have played a major role in the evolution of mammalian sociality, only few studies have investigated why and how female interactions differ across species. In this presentation, I will show that competition between females is frequently as intense as what has been reported for males, and that variation in the intensity of female competition is linked to female reproductive investment. Finally, I will discuss how competition influences cooperation between females.
Dieter Lukas is interested in why animal species differ so widely in their social and mating behaviour. He is currently a Postdoc at the University of Cambridge, where he compares which aspects of the environment are shared between mammals with similar behaviour.