[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150102900]
Researchers Dr Geoffrey While; Dr David Chapple; Dr Michael Gardner; Dr Tobias Uller; Asst Prof Charlie Cornwallis
Brief description This project will connect micro-evolutionary processes with macro-evolutionary change to provide a unified understanding of why animals live together. Evolutionary transitions to and from complex social behaviour appear linked to female multiple mating (polyandry). However, the causal pathway by which variation in polyandry results in the emergence and diversification of sociality is yet to be established. Using a vertebrate system we will integrate empirical, theoretical and comparative approaches to show i) the ecological causes of individual variation in female polyandry; ii) its effect on social behaviours that promote social complexity at the population level; iii) how this corresponds to divergence in social complexity across species.
Funding Amount 334200
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects