ESLR Seminar Series
This year we will start our ESLR Seminar Series with a focus on the research of ECRs with a first round on Social Learning. The seminar takes place on Zoom on Thursday at 4pm CEST.
Talks should be about 20-30 minutes long, be a work in progress, a pre-print or a finished project and should have an ECR as the main (or one of the main) researchers.
|May 27th, 2021||Rachel Harrison||The Natural History of Conformity|
|June 10th, 2021||No seminar because of the CES Meeting|
|June 24th, 2021||Aysha Bellamy||Biases or balancing act? Investigating the flexibility of conformity|
|July 8th, 2021||Marco Smolla||Cumulative cultural evolution and the coevolution of learning and social structure in changing environments|
|July 22nd, 2021||Andrea Gradassi||The impact of own and others’ confidence on social information use|
|August 5th, 2021||Xinyue Pan||Conformity Pressure and Norm Changes in Dynamic Environments|
|August 19th, 2021||Saeed Shafiei Sabet||Anthropogenic sound reverberates at the community level; potentially disrupt sustainability of the natural environment|
|September 2nd, 2021||Yoav Ram||Cultural evolution of cooperation: the role of non-vertical transmission|
We use a cultural-evolutionary model to find conditions for the evolution of cooperation under vertical, oblique, and horizontal cultural transmission. These conditions, which have interesting parallels with Hamilton’s rule, are validated with stochastic simulations of structured populations.
Paper: Cohen, D., Lewin-Epstein, O., Feldman, M. W. & Ram, Y. Non-vertical cultural transmission, assortment and the evolution of cooperation. Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 288, 20203162 (2021).
|September 30th, 2021||Justin Sulik||Diversity of social learning strategies makes for better science|
|October 14th, 2021||Mason Youngblood||Cultural transmission bias in the spread of voter fraud conspiracy theories on Twitter during the 2020 US election|
|October 28th, 2021||Victoria Franks||Parents versus peers: the effect of social environment on foraging behaviour in a juvenile songbird|
During early independence from parents, social information acquired vertically may become outdated, or conflict with new information from peers. However, it is unclear how young animals maintain, or update, behaviour based on information from these different sources. In my talk, I will outline an experiment from my PhD work where we tested if wild juvenile hihi (a New Zealand songbird) retained a foraging behaviour from parents, or if they changed in response to the behaviour of their peers. I will show our results from presenting novel feeders at nest sites to seed alternative access routes during post-fledging parental care, and then highlight how juvenile’s behaviour changed at similar feeders once they became independent and formed mixed-treatment social groups. Finally, I will discuss how these results broaden our understanding of the effects of different social experiences on juvenile behaviour, and how our study adds to the growing body of literature on conformity in animal groups.
Sign-up as Speaker for the ESLR Seminar Series
As an early career researcher you are most welcome to sign up for one of the free presentation slots above. Please use the following form to do so:
Sign-up as Attendee for the ESLR Seminar Series
To attend the seminars please sign-up here and you will receive the Zoom link via Email.
If you would like us to record your talk (e.g. to share it later on your own website or YouTube), we can certainly record your talk and provide the video file to you after the talk. Let us know whether you would like us to record your talk prior to the meeting or.