Join Us: I am keen to broaden the scope of the project with novel collaborations, so do drop me an email if you’d like to discuss an idea or if you are interested in pursuing a PhD or MRes using the sparrow weavers.

The project is supported by fellowships and research grants from the following funders:

The Sparrow Weaver Project is the central focus of my research
We monitor complete life-histories and the birds are easily observed and caught, making it a highly tractable model system for evolutionary and mechanistic research on societies. We continuously monitor the lives of 40 cooperative families in the spectacular Tswalu Kalahari reserve.

Current research projects include:

  1. *The evolution and regulation of cooperative and parental care

  2. *Oxidative stress and the costs and benefits of cooperation

  3. *The function and regulation of complex dawn song

  4. *Reproductive conflict within and between groups

  5. *Novel mechanisms for regulating territorial aggression

  6. *The causes of variation in rates of ageing

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The Sparrow Weaver Project
The Study System

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