I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the role of mothers and early-life experiences on development and evolution. I approach these topics using theory, meta-analysis and, currently, empirical tests on an unusual model system.
I empirically study adaptation to harsh environments, focusing on enhanced mental skills. Theoretically, I study how natural selection shapes development using mathematical modeling.
I am generally interested in the evolution and behavioural ecology of cognition and communication. I currently study how developmental factors affect (social) information use, social network positions and proxies of fitness.
We've got a stellar line-up already!
09:15 Sinead English: Introduction
09:20 John McNamara: Cue integration and adaptive phenotype determination
09:40 Katie McGhee: Maternal predator exposure and consequences for offspring behaviour
10:00 Rebecca Kilner: Life after death: information use in a grave
10:20 Sinead English & All: Talk synthesis & discussion
11:00 Tim Fawcett: Adaptive explanations for sensitive windows in development
11:20 Melissa Bateson: Covering your ass(ets): developmental telomere attrition predicts an attenuated adult acute stress response
11:40 Barbara Taborsky: Social trajectories diverge through early social and ecological experience
12:00 Willem Frankenhuis & All: Talk synthesis & discussion
13:30 Pierre-Olivier Montiglio: The importance of group phenotypic composition for the evolution of social reaction norms
13:50 Damien Farine: Developmental effects on social behaviour
14:10 Rose Thorogood: Using information to assess risk: are trade-offs outdated?
14:30 Neeltje Boogert & All: Talk synthesis & discussion
15:30: Final discussion & synthesis
When and where will this symposium take place?
This symposium is part of the 16th congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology at the campus of the University of Exeter in Exeter.
The symposium will take place on August 3rd, 9.15 AM - 6 PM.
Exact location at the university campus TBA.
Is symposium registration obligatory?
NO - but we'd love to hear that you're coming! So please register below.