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Towards an understanding of cooperation in an African passerine bird

Objective

The project aims to understand the fitness bases of cooperation in an endemic southern African passerine and the consequences of cooperation for population dynamics through its effects on reproductive output, survival and dispersal. We will continue a unique long-term study of an African bird. We will focus on the evolution of different cooperative behaviours – cooperative breeding, nest building and predator mobbing and on the relationship between cooperation, fitness, dispersal and long-term population dynamics. This is a central theme in biology which of wide interest since cooperation is widespread in nature (including among humans). We will use the exchange of researchers with complementary skills from three European countries and South Africa to accomplish a synergistic collaboration that will overcome the constraints, in terms of skills and funding, of the group members involved. This exchange is expected to have a substantial positive impact on the training of the researchers and students involved and will increase the quality and productivity of the research produced. It is also expected to lead to important networking and long-lasting partnerships between the researchers and participant organisations.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES
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Coordinator

ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Address
Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 63 000
Administrative Contact
Maria José Cunha (Ms.)

Participants (2)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 44 100
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 700
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Mrs.)