PhD Exit Seminar: Exploring the social structure of an obligate cooperatively breeding bird, the white-winged chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)


Group-living animals are affected by both the physical and social environment they inhabit, influencing population dynamic processes such as reproductive success, survival and dispersal patterns; all of which ultimately shape the evolution of a species.

During my PhD I examined the social structure of white-winged choughs (Corcorax melanorhamphos), a highly social species of Australian bird. Choughs are obligate cooperative breeders, meaning they must breed in groups to produce offspring successfully. I explored the influence of variable climatic conditions on the population genetics of choughs and the fitness consequences of varying levels of relatedness between group members. I used network analysis to investigate the social dynamics within cooperative groups including the patterns of associations among individuals according to life history traits (age, sex), relatedness, cooperative efforts and personality.

Date & time

3.30–4pm 12 April 2019


Eucalyptus Seminar Room Rm S205, Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46)


Constanza Leon, Heinsohn Group, Fenner School


 Audra Johnstone
 6125 2866

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