Project properties

Title Animal Cooperation: Why do birds help each other?
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) Sjouke Anne Kingma
Kat Bebbington
Miriam Kuspiel
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info
Begin date 2020/03/10
End date 2023/03/10
Description In some birds species individuals forego own reproduction in order to help others in raising their offspring. Since evolutionary theory predicts selfish behaviour, how can we explain such seemingly selfless behaviour? We catch and ring birds and monitor their behaviour and reproductive attempts to answer this question. There are plenty of opportunities to explore, and several species to work on!
Used skills Fieldwork, behavioural observations, fieldwork technology, statistics, potentially labwork (e.g. PCR)
Requirements The fieldwork takes place in the savanna of Eswatini in Southern Africa; an adventurous attitude is an advantage: the fieldsite is beautiful but remote and accommodation is basic.