Charles Darwin observed that the world is a tangled bank. Animals need to navigate their way through a complex environment of other organisms that could turn out to be potential mates, rivals, social allies, or their parasites, predators and prey.
Depending on who the interaction partner is, an interaction could mean success or failure. Life or death. So at the centre of all animal interactions lies the issue of cooperation and conflict. We need to ask: who benefits from which outcome, and what are the costs for each party? Over evolutionary timescales, repeated interactions between interaction partners can lead to coevolution, resulting in reciprocal genetic change in the interaction partners.
Together with my colleagues, I carry out research to better understand how and why animals interact in the ways that they do. I have a particular interest in the role that vocalisations play in mediating animal interactions, but I am also fascinated by interactions at all levels. I hope that you enjoy reading my blog, click here to find out more about me, and please get in touch if you'd like to chat!