The CostS of sociality in the wild

Image: Jessica Stewart

Image: Jessica Stewart

Currently, I am a Marie Curie fellow investigating the differential costs and benefits of group living in free living Cape ground squirrels (Xerus inauris) using oxidative stress and telomere techniques. Specifically, we are testing whether the costs of group living vary with social status, group size and sex and whether this can be explained by telomere and oxidative damage dynamics in a free living sciurid rodent. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 661340. 


Pat Monaghan, University of Glasgow
Marta Manser, University of Zurich
Nigel Bennett, University of Pretoria
Kalahari Research Center