Project properties

Title Does predation risk promote cooperation in wild birds? � an experimental study
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) Sjouke A. Kingma
Kat L. Bebbington
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info sjouke.kingma@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/03/10
End date 2023/03/10
Description One major proposed benefit of cooperation in animals is that cooperation may reduce predation risk. More individuals may be more vigilant and may detect predators earlier, or they may be more successful in mobbing predators and chasing them away from the nest. In this project we will monitor anti-predator behaviour and can do experiments with predator simulations to test how individuals can cooperate to reduce predation risk.
Used skills Fieldwork, behaviour observations, nest searching and observation, bird catching, statistics
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.