January 5 2010

12:00 154 BSRB

EcoLunch: Tina Wey
UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Causes and consequences of social variation in yellow-bellied marmots


Sociality is widespread and can have both costs and benefits. Understanding individual variation in social interactions can help us better understand emergent social structure. Recently, network analysis has become a popular approach in behavioral ecology to gain insights into the structure, function, and consequences of social groups. I use network analysis to examine biological causes and consequences of social variation in groups of yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris). First, I examine the influence of age, sex, and kinship on patterns of affiliative and agonistic interactions. Next, I present a test of the social cohesion hypothesis, asking if less socially integrated yearlings are more likely to disperse. Finally, I explore possible costs and benefits of social variation, as measured by parasites, stress, body condition, and young produced.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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