Collective Behaviour - Winter Seminar Series 2022/23

Social Information Transmission in the Wild: How Do Prey Collectively Monitor and Respond to Predation Risk

Tracy Montgomery

This event is part of an event series „CASCB Winter Semester Series 2022/23“.

Collectives are shaped by interactions within the group, with neighboring groups, and with their ecology. I examine these dynamics in a population of Verreaux's sifaka, a social lemur that resides in small ephemeral groups with considerable intergroup contact and gene flow. Using high resolution GPS tracking of whole groups, I investigate how collective movement is influenced by information flow between groups and seasonal fluctuations in resources.

Tracy Montgomery got her PhD at Michigan State University studying affiliation and cooperation in spotted hyenas in the lab of Dr. Kay Holekamp. She is now a postdoc in the EAS department at MPI-AB.