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The role of sociality in cetacean ecology, evolution, and conservation

Sociality - the suite of socially learned behaviors specific to a group of animals – is increasingly recognized as an integral strategy to the evolutionary ecology of many non-human animals. This is especially true in marine environments, where there are few barriers to dispersal, and top predators must find other ways to segregate and identify their niche space. In this hour I will share four examples of recent and ongoing research projects that incorporate the lens of sociality into our understanding of the evolutionary ecology of cetaceans.

Biology Postdoc Symposium

Therese Lamperty, PhD
"Investigating the effects of hunting-induced animal declines in the Amazon on plant population genetics: are the small-seeded plants affected too?"

Federico Marcello Tenedini, PhD
"Length dependent neurodegeneration is mediated by inflammatory cytokines"

Mugdha Sathe, PhD
"How do immune cells detect and respond to electric fields at the wound?"

It’s not you, it’s me: individuality in insect behavior and its ecological impact

Individuality is a fundamental feature of animal behavior and represents a potent substrate that evolutionary pressures can act upon. Such idiosyncrasy in behavior exists across scales: within a single animal from moment-to-moment, across animals responding to an identical stimulus, or in response to complex and changing environments. Individuality within insect behavior is also important to understand within the context of global health.


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