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Dr Dieter Lukas

Dr Dieter Lukas

ERC Funded Post-doctoral Research Associate

Room T21
Office Phone: 01223 (7)69277


I am a behavioural ecologist, and I apply a comparative approach to understand the diversity of mammalian sociality.

Research Group

Large Animal Research Group:
Research Associate

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding why animal species differ so widely in their social behaviour. My work involves classifying the extent of cooperation and competition between individuals in a wide range of species and to identify which aspects of an environment are shared between species with similar behaviour. 

Key Publications

The Evolution of Social Monogamy in Mammals
D Lukas, TH Clutton-Brock
Science 341 (6145), 526-530

Cooperative breeding and monogamy in mammalian societies
D Lukas, TH Clutton-Brock
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279:

Life histories and the evolution of cooperative breeding in mammals
D Lukas, T Clutton-Brock
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1744), 4065-4070

To what extent does living in a group mean living with kin?
D Lukas, V Reynolds, C Boesch, L Vigilant
Molecular Ecology 14 (7), 2181-2196

Dispersed male networks in western gorillas
BJ Bradley, DM Doran-Sheehy, D Lukas, C Boesch, L Vigilant
Current Biology 14 (6), 510-513

Other Publications

Please see my Google Scholar Profile.