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Group-Dynamics-TCB SIGNED

Effects of group dynamics on selection, development and demography in cooperative vertebrates

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙499˙244 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙244 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-07-01   to  2023-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    KALAHARI RESEARCH TRUST ZA (VAL ZYLSRUS) participant 833˙800.00


 Project objective

In social animals, the characteristics and dynamics of groups affect the development of individuals, the selection pressures operating on them and the demography of populations. Using existing study populations of two social mammals (Kalahari meerkats and Damaraland mole-rats) that offer unique and complementary opportunities for research, we shall (1) explore the effects of variation in group size on growth, behaviour, hormonal status and gene regulation in both species and test suggestions that (i) increasing group size generates divergence in development among group members and the formation of incipient castes and (ii) that breeding extends female longevity rather than reducing it; (2) assess the extent and causes of variation in group longevity and in the frequency with which groups generate new breeding units, model the relative impact of selection operating at different levels on the evolution of cooperation, and investigate whether there is any indication that the behaviour of individuals is adapted to increasing group persistence or proliferation; (3) examine the effects of group size and group dynamics on the dynamics of populations and their responses to variation in rainfall, temperature and epidemic disease (TB), generalise these models to explore the population dynamics of cooperative breeders and explore their consequences for the evolution of cooperative breeding. Our work involves novel approaches to the measurement and analysis of development, communication and gene regulation in wild animals, and to modelling multi-level selection and the dynamics of hierarchically structured populations. It will provide insight into the social mechanisms affecting individual development, multi-level selection and the population dynamics and management of group-living animals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mark Dyble, Thomas M. Houslay, Marta B. Manser, Tim Clutton-Brock
Intergroup aggression in meerkats
published pages: 20191993, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1993
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286/1917 2020-02-13
2019 Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, Tim Clutton-Brock, Marta B Manser
Burrow usage patterns and decision-making in meerkat groups
published pages: , ISSN: 1045-2249, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz190
Behavioral Ecology 2020-02-13
2019 Jack Thorley, Tim H Clutton-Brock
A unified-models analysis of the development of sexual size dimorphism in Damaraland mole-rats, Fukomys damarensis
published pages: 1374-1386, ISSN: 0022-2372, DOI: 10.1093//jmammal/gyz082
Journal of Mammalogy 100/4 2020-02-13
2019 Ramona Rauber, Tim H Clutton-Brock, Marta B Manser
Drought decreases cooperative sentinel behavior and affects vocal coordination in meerkats
published pages: 1558-1566, ISSN: 1045-2249, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz112
Behavioral Ecology 30/6 2020-02-13
2020 Jack Thorley, Christopher Duncan, Stuart P Sharp, David Gaynor, Marta B Manser, Tim Clutton‐Brock
Sex‐independent senescence in a cooperatively breeding mammal
published pages: , ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13173
Journal of Animal Ecology 2020-02-13
2019 Maria Paniw, Nino Maag, Gabriele Cozzi, Tim Clutton-Brock, Arpat Ozgul
Life history responses of meerkats to seasonal changes in extreme environments
published pages: 631-635, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5905
Science 363/6427 2020-02-06
2019 Ben Dantzer, Constance Dubuc, Ines Braga Goncalves, Dominic L. Cram, Nigel C. Bennett, Andre Ganswindt, Michael Heistermann, Chris Duncan, David Gaynor, Tim H. Clutton-Brock
The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats
published pages: 20180117, ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0117
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 374/1770 2020-02-06
2019 Chris Duncan, David Gaynor, Tim Clutton-Brock, Mark Dyble
The Evolution of Indiscriminate Altruism in a Cooperatively Breeding Mammal
published pages: 841-851, ISSN: 0003-0147, DOI: 10.1086/703113
The American Naturalist 193/6 2020-02-06
2019 Nino Maag, Gabriele Cozzi, Andrew Bateman, Michael Heistermann, André Ganswindt, Marta Manser, Tim Clutton-Brock, Arpat Ozgul
Cost of dispersal in a social mammal: body mass loss and increased stress
published pages: 20190033, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0033
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286/1896 2020-02-06
2019 Bart Kranstauber, Gabriella E. C. Gall, Tim Vink, Tim Clutton‐Brock, Marta B. Manser
Long‐term movements and home‐range changes: Rapid territory shifts in meerkats
published pages: , ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13129
Journal of Animal Ecology 2020-02-06
2019 Tanja M. F. N. Van de Ven, Andrea Fuller, Tim H. Clutton‐Brock
Effects of climate change on pup growth and survival in a cooperative mammal, the meerkat
published pages: 194-202, ISSN: 0269-8463, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13468
Functional Ecology 34/1 2020-02-06
2018 Constance Dubuc, Tim H. Clutton‐Brock
Male immigration triggers increased growth in subordinate female meerkats
published pages: 1127-1134, ISSN: 2045-7758, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4801
Ecology and Evolution 9/3 2020-02-06

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