Here you can find some recent news and events, as well as a selection of recent papers and any new members that have joined the EGI.
Bird Ringing Demonstration at Farmoor Res Oxon, 25th February 2012
A new paper published in Current Biology by Josh Firth, Bernhard Voelkl, Damien Farine and Ben Sheldon examined how wild birds valued their relationship with their mated partner in comparison to their access to food. Using automated feeding stations, mated pairs were split so that male could only access the feeding stations that the female couldn’t, and vice versa. However, the birds chose to sacrifice access to food in order to stay with their partner over the winter period. This led to birds associating with other individuals based on their partner’s choices, rather than just their own preferences. Also, birds that followed their mate to feeders they couldn’t access themselves learnt, over time, to scrounge from them. The experiment illustrates how the social relationships that an individual holds can determine their behaviour, their position within a social network, and their social foraging strategies. Link to the paper here; The Conversation write-up; Media links: The Times; The Telegraph; The Daily Mail; Science.
The EGI will host a Conference and Workshop on Social Network Analysis for students and early career researchers. The meeting will be held in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, from Wednesday 6th January – Friday 8th January 2016. Registration is free to all participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer financial support to cover travel or accommodation expenses. Booking or request for further details should be sent to SNAworkshop@zoo.ox.ac.uk by Friday, 27th November. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants; places will be filled in accordance with the first-come first-served principle. Further information can be found here.
Dr Marta Szulkin, November 24, 2015
Position: Research Associate
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Cormorant preening, Skomer