Abstract # 6309 Event # 19:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 09:00 AM-10:15 AM: (Cascade AJBCD) Keynote Address


MONKEYS IN SPACE: GEOGRAPHY, ECOLOGY AND SOCIAL LIFE

L. Barrett
University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive W, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4, Canada
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     Primate social life and behaviour is contingent on a number of levels -- phylogenetic, functional and proximate. Although this contingency is recognised by socioecological theory, variability in behaviour is still commonly viewed as “noise” around a central tendency, rather than as a source of information in its own right. Allied to this has been a tendency to assume that species can be adequately characterizes by consideration of a representative group group from a single population; a view that is becoming increasingly insecure. An alternative view is that selection has acted on social reaction norms that encompass demographic variation both between and within populations and demes. Here, using data from baboons and vervet monkeys, I illustrate how this alternative approach can provide a more nuanced account of social structure and its relation to contingent events at the ecological, demographic and phylogenetic level.