We work at the interface between behavioural ecology, population dynamics and evolutionary biology. We currently work in three main areas:
(2) Population regulation and the control of population stability in large mammals
Long-term studies in red deer (on Rum), Soay sheep (on St Kilda) and suricates (southern Kalahari) are examining the ecological factors generating stability and instability in populations; the effects of early development on adult success and survival; and asymmetries in competition between the sexes.
(3) Natural and sexual selection in natural populations
We are currently using various long-term studies of mammalian populations to investigate selection on phenotype and genotype in natural populations; how and why variation in behaviour is generated and maintained; and the heritability of behaviour and reproductive success.