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Coming together or doing it for themselves? The apparent paradox of social information and individuality in foraging

Project description

Studying the paradox of social interaction in animals

Social interaction plays a significant role in most evolutionary and ecological changes and actions, including but not restricted to foraging. Social interactions cause the development of thorough individuality in animals, especially concerning their diet and location selection, due to sharing of social information. This factor contradicts the prevalent belief that sociality endorses a lack of individuality in animals, providing us with a paradox. The EU-funded IFSSOC project aims to study this paradox, deducing the effects of sociality and social interaction on animals’ individuality. To achieve this, the project’s research will focus on birds of the Sulidae family which exhibit mostly similar morphologies with geographic diversity.

Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 295 940,16
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter

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Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
1 Gheringhap Street
3220 Geelong Victoria

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 183 473,28