Female multiple mating and the evolutionary origins of complex societies

  • Chapple, David (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Gardner, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • While, Geoffrey (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Cornwallis, Charlie (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Uller, Tobias (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project plans to connect micro-evolutionary processes with macro-evolutionary change to provide a unified
understanding of why animals live together. Evolutionary transitions to and from complex social behaviour appear linked
to female multiple mating (polyandry). However, the causal pathway by which variation in polyandry results in the
emergence and diversification of sociality is yet to be established. Using a vertebrate system we aim to integrate
empirical, theoretical and comparative approaches to show: the ecological causes of individual variation in female
polyandry; its effect on social behaviours that promote social complexity at the population level; and how this
corresponds to divergence in social complexity across species
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$92,840.00