Luke McClean is back in the field for a final round of fieldwork as part of his PhD thesis examining interactions between honeyguides and their hosts. The focus for this field season will be gathering data to test whether honeyguide chicks can mimic the calls of an entire brood of hosts chicks, and trick their foster parents into feeding them more than a single chick in the nest would otherwise receive.
Tanmay Dixit was a member of a team organising and lecturing in the inaugural Evolutionary Biology Crash Course. This course, aimed at undergraduate or early-postgraduate students, teaches evolutionary principles to students who have had limited opportunities to be exposed to evolutionary ideas. The course is funded by the Equal Opportunities Initiative Fund of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB). Tanmay presented lectures on behavioural ecology and evolution, focussing on kin selection, coevolution, and parasitism. Over 700 students, with the vast majority from the global South, attended the course, which was a resounding success!