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Behavior and the social environment

An animal’s environment is subject to change both within their lifetime and across generations. These changes can be due to seasonality, human disturbance, climate change, or just random chance. Behavior is the only trait that can immediately respond to these changes, so one might expect behaviors to have a large impact on an individual’s ability to survive and reproduce in new environments. My research asks about the factors that determine how animals behaviorally respond to changes in social environment.

How flexible are an animal’s behavioral responses across time, space, and context?