New grant from the National Science Foundation USA

Professor Janet Mann and Dr Celine Frere are grateful to have received recent funding (US$791,243) from the National Science Foundation USA to undertake a study on the Impact of Maternal Effects on Social Plasticity and Fitness Variation in nature (dolphins in Shark Bay). This grant will allow us to focus on how maternal effects influence offspring social development. We aim to quantify 1) how a dolphin changes its social behavior in space and time throughout its development 2) the extent to which this is influenced by maternal and non-maternal effects, and 3) the extent to which maternal effects provide fitness benefits to offspring. 

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