Reproductive conflict in meerkat societies

Reproductive conflict in meerkat societies

Dr Andrew Young
BBSRC David Phillips Senior Research Fellow


My research seeks to understand both the evolution and mechanistic underpinnings of vertebrate social behaviour using wild model systems

My research group website can be found at

I work at the interface between behavioural ecology and endocrinology, investigating both the evolution and hormonal regulation of behaviour in wild social vertebrates. This integrative approach is important because advances in our understanding of mechanism can greatly inform the study of evolution.

My interests are broad and include reproductive conflict, cooperation, parenting, dispersal and the distribution of stress within society. My group conduct research in each of these areas using three principle model systems - all cooperative vertebrates living in the Kalahari desert: white-browed sparrow weavers, Damaraland mole-rats and meerkats. Do get in touch if you are interested in collaborating or joining the group.

I am a member of the Behaviour research group.

My photography site can be found here


2003 PhD Zoology, University of Cambridge
1997 BA (Hons), University of Cambridge


2010-2015 BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow, Exeter
2007-2010 NERC Blue Skies Research Fellow, Exeter
Magdalene College Research Fellow, Cambridge
PhD, Cambridge

Professional Associations:

* Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
* Society for the Study of Evolution
* Society for Endocrinology
* British Ecological Society

* Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 254241
Fax+44 (0) 1326 253638
BuildingDaphne du Maurier
AddressDaphne du Maurier
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
TR10 9FE

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