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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA)

Sonja Wild

Sonja Wild, Dr.

+41 44 635 54 18

Research Interests

My interest lies on the emergence of animal culture and the process through which cultural behavioural traits are passed on among individuals. By combining behavioural and ecological data with molecular techniques, I will be able to assess the relative importance of social learning, ecological variation and relatedness on behavioural variation within animal populations. In my thesis, I will focus on both the ultimate and proximate mechanisms of how a recently discovered putative foraging technique ‘shelling’ is transmitted within a population of wild bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia.