New paper on honeyguide-human interactions

Jul 15, 2016

In Mozambique, we’ve been studying the other side of honeyguide’s lives: honeyguides are not only brutal brood parasites of other birds, but also the cooperative partners of human honey-hunters. In collaboration the Niassa Carnivore Project, we show that Yao honey-hunters in the Niassa National Reserve use special calls to signal to honeyguides that they’re eager to follow, and that honeyguides use this information to choose partners who are likely to be good collaborators. Read more in articles about the study published in The New YorkerThe GuardianThe AtlanticThe New York TimesNational GeographicDiscovery Channel’s Seeker and Scientific American, listen to radio programmes on the BBC World ServiceNPRVoice of America or The Naked Scientists, watch a YouTube video about the research, or read the original paper by Claire SpottiswoodeKeith Begg and Colleen Begg, published in Science and available in full text from here.

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Tanmay Dixit awarded PhD and starting Junior Research Fellowship

Tanmay’s PhD, entitled “Signatures and forgeries: optimality in a coevolutionary arms race” was awarded with no corrections. Huge thanks to collaborators and colleagues who were instrumental to this work, and to examiners James Herbert-Read and Graeme Ruxton. Tanmay will remain on the team and continue conducting fieldwork in Choma as part of the Junior Research fellowship that he is starting at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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