As a biologist, I study the evolution of cooperation, conflict
and ageing in wild animal societies
This involves long-term field research on a variety of social animals. Much of my work to date has been conducted in the Kalahari desert, working on meerkats, Damaraland mole-rats and white-browed sparrow weavers. While these sound like a diverse bunch, they all live their lives in a similar way to the ants, bees & termites; each social group contains just one breeding pair and everyone else cooperates to rear their young. I am interested in the origins and consequences of this cooperative behaviour.