Abteilung Verhaltensökologie

Forschungsgebiete

Mien

Schlagworte

Evolution sozialer Beziehungen
Evolution von sozialen Bindungen und Freundschaft
Sexuelle Selektion
Kooperation

Areas of research

My research focuses on the evolution or primate social behavior. Primate societies are highly variable. Groups may differ in the level of stratification, in the degree of cooperation between related and possibly also unrelated individuals or in the way group members deal with conflicts. Variation may occur across different taxa, across populations or between the sexes. Based on evolutionary theory this variation in cooperation and competition evident across primate societies including our own can be explained by differential fitness payoffs. Linking the variation in social behavior to ecological and phylogenetic factors, investigating the different strategies for either sex, and determining the adaptive value of social behavior are research aims in the junior research group on social evolution in primates. My students and I combine field studies on primate behavior (mainly macaques) in their natural habitat with molecular techniques to monitor reproductive status, physiological dispositions for cooperation and competition and genetic relatedness. Using comparative methods and agent based modeling we work on identifying evolutionary patterns and generating clearly directed predictions.

Keywords

evolution of social behavior
evolution of social bonding and friendships
sexual selection
cooperation

Kontakt

Ansprechpartner/-in

Frau Prof. Dr. Julia Ostner
Funktion:
Abteilungsleiterin
Telefon:
0551-3933925
Telefax:
0551-399637
E-Mail:

Forschungseinrichtung

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Fakultät für Biologie und Psychologie
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institut für Zoologie und Anthropologie
Abteilung Verhaltensökologie
Hausanschrift:
Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen
Postanschrift:
Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen
Telefon:
0551-399636
Telefax:
0551-399637
E-Mail:
Stand: 08.08.2017