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Trine Bilde: The evolution of animal cooperation - and lessons from social spiders

An IMC seminar with professor of evolutionary ecology, Trine Bilde, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.

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Info about event

Time

Tuesday 28 January 2014,  at 11:00 - 12:30

Location

IMC Meeting room, building 1483-3, Nobel Parken, 8000 Aarhus DK

Contact

Interacting Minds Centre
Trine Bilde, Professor in Evolutionary Ecology, AU

The evolution of animal cooperation  - and lessons from social spiders 

The evolution of cooperation is puzzling, because helping behaviour is costly to the actor. Selfish behaviour favoured by natural selection is therefore a threat to cooperation as an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS). I will discuss ESS models of cooperation, and present empirical work testing some of these models in social spiders.