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Secretary: Penny Roth
(1) The evolution of vertebrate breeding systems
Current studies are investigating the division of labour and the evolution of cooperation in social mongooses; the evolution of leks in mammals and birds; and the functional significance of variation in parental care in fish.
(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; asymmetries in competition between the sexes; and the effects of different management regimes on ungulate populations.
(3) Natural and sexual selection in natural populations
We are currently using the long-term studies of red deer and sheep to investigate selection on phenotype and genotype in natural populations; the heritability of reproductive success; and the effects of variation in population density on natural and sexual selection.
LARG also forms the UK base for one of the two Royal Society overseas research programmes: the South-east Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP), of which Prof. Tim Clutton-Brock is the Chairman.
Clutton-Brock, T.H. 2009. Sexual selection in females. Animal Behaviour 77:
Clutton-Brock, T. and McAuliffe, K. (2009) Female mate choice in mammals.
The Quarterly Review of Biology 84: 3-27.
Madden, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Manipulating grooming by
decreasing parasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1263-1268.
Tavecchia, G., Besbeas, P., Coulson, T., Morgan, B.J.T. and Clutton-Brock,
T.H. (2009) Estimating population size and hidden demographic parameters
with state-space modeling. American Naturalist 173: 722-733.
Martínez-Jauregui, M., Miguel-Ayanz, A.S., Mysterud, A., Rodríguez-Vigal, C.,
Clutton-Brock, T., Langvatn, R. and Coulson, T. (2009) Are local weather,
NDVI and NAO consistent determinants of red deer weight across three
contrasting European countries? Global Change Biology 15: 1727-1738.
Madden, J.R., Kunc, H-J., English, S., Manser, M. and Clutton-Brock, T.H.
(2009) Do meerkat (Suricata suricatta) pups exhibit strategic begging
behaviour and so exploit adults that feed at relatively high rates? Behavioral
Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1259-1268.
Madden, J.R., Kunc, H-J.P. Kunc., English, S. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009)
Why do meerkat pups stop begging? Animals Behaviour: 78: 85-89.
Nussey, D.H., Kruuk, L.E.B., Morris, A., Clements, M.N., Pemberton, J.M. and
Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Inter- and intra-sexual variation in ageing
patterns across reproductive traits in a wild red deer population. American
Naturalist 174: 342-357.
Madden, J.R., Drewe, J.A., Pearce, G.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) The
social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intragroup
interactions. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64:81-95.
Madden, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Calling in the gap: competition or
cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal
Society B 276: 1255-1262.
Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Structure and function in mammalian societies.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 3229-3242.
Clutton-Brock, T.H., West, S., Ratnieks and Foley, R. (2009) The evolution of
society. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 3127-3133.
Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Cooperation between non-kin in animal societies.
Nature 462: 51-57.
Korsten P, Clutton-Brock T, Pilkington J.G., Pemberton J.M., Kruuk L.E.B.
(2009) Sexual conflict in twins: male co-twins reduce fitness of female Soay
sheep. Biology Letters 5:663-666.
Hodge, S., Thornton, A., Flower, T. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2009) Food
limitation increases aggression in juvenile meerkats. Behavioral Ecology
Moyes, K., Morgan, B.J.T., Morris, A., Morris, S.J., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and
Coulson, T. (2009) Exploring individual quality in a wild population of red
deer. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 406-413.
Ozgul, A., Tuljapurkar, T., Benton, T.G., Pemberton J.M., Clutton-Brock, T.H.
and Coulson, T. (2009) The dynamics of phenotypic change and the shrinking
sheep of St Kilda. Science 325: 464-467.
Robinson, M.R., Wilson, A.J., Pilkington, J.G., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Pemberton,
J.M. and Kruuk, L.E.B. (2009) The impact of environmental heterogeneity
on genetic architecture in a wild population of Soay sheep. Genetics 181:
Wilson, A.J., Pemberton, J.M., Pilkington, J.G., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Kruuk,
L.E.B. (2009) Trading offspring size for number in a changing environment:
selection on reproductive investment in female Soay sheep. Journal of
Animal Ecology 78: 354-364.
Sharp, S.P. & Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Reproductive senescence in a
cooperatively breeding mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 176-183.
Kutsukake, N. and Clutton-Brock T.H. (2010) Grooming and the value of social
relationships in cooperatively breeding meerkats. Animal Behaviour 79:271-
Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2010) We do not need a Sexual Selection 2.0-nor a theory
of genial Selection. Animal Behaviour doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.10.018
Thackeray, S.J., Sparks, T.H., Frederiksen, M., Burthes, S., Bacon, P.J., Bell,
J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Bright, P.W., Carvalhos, L., Cluttonbrock,
T.H., Dawson, A., Edwards, M., Elliott, J.M., Harrington, R., Johns, D.,
Jones, I.D., Jones, J.T., Leech, D.I., Roy, D.B., Scott, W.A., Smith, M.,
Smithers, R.J., Winfield, I.J. and Wanless, S. (2010) Trophic level
asynchrony in rates of phenological change for marine, freshwater and
terrestrial environments. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-
Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Sheldon, B.C. (2010) The Seven Ages of Pan. Science
Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2010) Individuals, societies and population. In Leaders in
Animal Behaviour: the next generation (eds L.C. Drickamer and D.A.
Dewsbury) pp.109-142. Cambridge University Press
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