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Katrin Kronenberger and Fritz Vollrath in the news

Katrin Kronenberger and Fritz Vollrath in the news for their work on how spiders produce super-strong, very thin fibres

Congratulations to Jeremy Thomas

Congratulations to Jeremy Thomas for winning NERC's societal impact award for his work on bringing back the large blue butterfly.

Payoff-based learning and the decline of co-operation

Max Burton & Stu West have shown that humans cooperate less over time in public goods games, because they are learning how best to play the game, and not as previously argued, as some form of 'conditional cooperation'.

REF2014 results

Biological Sciences research at the University of Oxford ranked number 1 in the UK for volume of world-leading research.

Experimental evolution of culture in wild birds

A new paper in Nature by Lucy Aplin and colleagues reports an experimental study in Wytham Woods, in which arbitrary behaviours were introduced and tracked as they spread through social networks of wild great tits. The work shows that social learning can lead to the rapid establishment of stable differences within populations, a form of avian ‘culture’, and implicates conformist learning - where individuals preferentially copy the majority, as they key to this.