Behavioural ecology

Behavioural ecology is the study of behavioural interactions between individuals within populations and communities, usually in an evolutionary context. It looks at how competition and cooperation between and within species affects evolutionary fitness.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A coordinated distributed experiment, replicated across multiple labs and multiple taxa, reveals that both resources and predators govern dispersal between habitats, affecting local and regional stability of biological communities.

    • Tadeu Siqueira
    •  & Alison Wunderlich
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Some acts of human cooperation are not easily explained by traditional models of kinship or reciprocity. Fitness interdependence may provide a unifying conceptual framework, in which cooperation arises from the mutual dependence for survival or reproduction, as occurs among mates, risk-pooling partnerships and brothers-in-arms.

    • Athena Aktipis
    • , Lee Cronk
    • , Joe Alcock
    • , Jessica D. Ayers
    • , Cristina Baciu
    • , Daniel Balliet
    • , Amy M. Boddy
    • , Oliver Scott Curry
    • , Jaimie Arona Krems
    • , Andrés Muñoz
    • , Daniel Sullivan
    • , Daniel Sznycer
    • , Gerald S. Wilkinson
    •  & Pamela Winfrey
  • Editorial |

    Predators have important roles in structuring ecosystems, yet many are critically endangered and their reputation among non-scientists is decidedly mixed.