| Hannah Dugdale's research group
Welcome to Hannah Dugdale’s
research group. We
are interested in how animals can respond to
environmental change and variation. Our research focuses
on within- and between-individual differences in
behavioural and life-history traits in variable, wild
populations. We are interested in how these differences
evolved and how they are maintained. This will improve
our understanding of evolutionary dynamics in wild
populations, providing insights into whether animals may
cope with rapidly changing environments.
Our research is
focused around six topics:
Why do individuals age the way they
investigate ageing in wild populations,
for example by looking at how fecundity declines
at old ages and how this differs between males
and females (the graph shows fewer badger cubs
born to older badgers).
breeding occurs when individuals help to raise
offspring that are not their own. We investigate
the fitness components of cooperative breeding
to understand how this behaviour evolved and
what maintains it, using long-term
|Sexual selection and mate
The behaviour of the social partner,
and environmental conditions, may influence the
behaviour of the focal individual. Such
interactions can alter the direction of
selection, so they are critical for our
understanding of the evolution
of social behaviours.
Why do individuals consistently behave
differently and how are these differences are
maintained in populations. We investigate
boldness and tendency to explore new areas (e.g.
the tent in the picture) and correlate these
behaviours with fitness.
|Women in science
We are passionate about promoting
women in science and we enjoy teaching about our
research to school children. We have conducted
research into reasons underlying lower
visibility of female scientists at
evolutionary biology conferences.