Although our work focusses mainly on birds, and the consequences of their information use for others, some of the best examples of how social behaviour evolves are to be found in invertebrates. From August, I'll be a long-term visitor to the ANTZZ team at the University of Helsinki, led by Prof. Liselotte Sundström. Lotta is one of the directors of the Centre of Excellence for Biological Interactions (our collaborator Prof Johanna Mappes, in Jyväskylä, is another), and being here offers a really exciting opportunity to learn more about social evolution from the view point of Formica ants. Vix and Liisa will be visiting regularly from Cambridge, and I'll be visiting them often too.
We've been inspired by Bree Rosenbaum's excellent Graduate Student Bingo for Evolution 2016 - and with her gracious permission, we've copied and pasted, and come up with some new challenges (to avoid a complete Melania Trump-ing), and now have an ISBE-specific version.
Read instructions and download bingo card here
Then come along and join us at ISBE in Exeter (28 July - 2 August, 2016).
Great work Kirsty - her first hihi paper has just been accepted for publication in Animal Behaviour.
Kirsty took advantage of data collected in the field over ten years ago, and combined this with our long-term breeding records for the Tiritiri Matangi population. Some hihi can live for around 10 years so this was perfectly timed!