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My broad interests are in the social evolution of both primates and cetaceans. In particular, I am interested in male cooperation and reproductive strategies, as well as the nature of cultural behaviour. Using modern DNA techniques, my current work focuses on genetic relationships among cooperating individuals, quantifying reproductive success, and linking social correlates with population genetic and phylogeographic patterns. Another major interest of mine is the nature and transmission of culture in both primates and cetaceans. Studying the convergent evolution of culture in both marine and terrestrial habitats will help to understand what have led to the rise of human culture.
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