Lecture on Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay, Australia
3 Week(s) 1 Day(s) ago
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Laela Sayigh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior, School of Cognitive Science (
Dr. Richard Connor, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will speak on his long-term research program on a unique population of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Most of his work has focused on alliances formed by adult males in competition over estrus females. These alliances are remarkable for their complexity, with three nested levels that have no match outside of our own species. His research has important implications for current thinking about the role complex social relationships had in the evolution of large brain size and intelligence in mammals.
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
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