Animals must balance the costs and benefits of living together. Our research examines the evolutionary origins and impacts of social behaviours, focusing on topics ranging from the role of sociality in domestication to the evolutionary origins of cooperation.


Social behaviour in dogs and wolves

© Christina Hansen Wheat

The overall aim of the project is to understand how social behaviour has evolved when the dog (Canis familiaris) became domesticated. Our study compares the social behaviour of dogs with wolves (Canis lupus) to identify the basic behavioural differences between the two species related to the domestication process.

Principal Investigators: Hans Temrin
Contributing Researchers: Christina Hansen Wheat


Evolutionary origins of cooperative behaviour

termining why animals cooperate remains one of the great challenges in evolutionary biology. We use phylogenetic comparative analyse to examine the main evolutionary factors driving the evolution of cooperative breeding, a complex form of cooperation where individuals in social groups provide care of offspring that are not their own.

Principal Investigators: John Fitzpatrick