A SOCIAL ANIMAL RESEARCH PROJECT BASED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Banded mongooses are the rougher, tougher cousins of the meerkat, and have fascinating social lives.
Paper wasps form small cooperative teams composed of both kin and non-kin, who together share the tasks of building a nest and rearing offspring.
Killer whales live together in close-knit family groups and have extraordinary social lives.
Understanding human life history and behaviour presents unique challenges.
Our research focuses on the lives and behaviour of animals that live in close-knit families and groups. The project originally focused on banded mongooses, but has now expanded to incorporate research on paper wasps, killer whales, and primates, including humans.
The Socialis project is directed by Professor Michael Cant, a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Exeter. He collaborates with teams of specialist biologists based all over the world.