Dr Damien Farine
The overall aim of my research is to understand the feedbacks between natural selection, phenotypic population structure, social decision-making, and the emergent behaviours of social groups. In particular, I am interested in the role of social behaviour in mediating selection, and how selection drives evolutionary responses in group-level properties.
I currently investigate these questions in range of study systems and projects. In most cases, I combine automated tracking technologies, novel analytical approaches, and simulations to explore both the mechanisms and the ecological implications of group living.