Elizabeth A. Hobson
Avian Communication & Evolution Lab
Department of Biology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM USA
School of the Environment
Montreal, Quebec Canada
emoseman AT nmsu DOT edu
|Summary of research interests & projects|
Evolution of social structure and complex sociality, social network analysis, temporal dynamics of network structure, dominance hierarchies, social learning, fission-fusion dynamics.
Current & upcoming projects
I was awarded my Ph.D. in 2013 for my project "The formation and significance of social network structure in Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus)". I am now finalizing and submitting the last of the manuscripts from the project.
I am expanding on some of my interests in dominance hierarchies through a collaboration with Simon DeDeo (Indiana University & Santa Fe Institute) to use computational biology techniques to better understand how aggression impacts dominance in my captive groups of monk parakeets.
I also initiated two new collaborations working with existing long-term data sets: (1) analysis of interspecific association networks of parrots at a Peruvian clay lick to infer the structure and potential benefits of nonrandom species-level associations and (2) characterizing the social structure and evaluating the potential fitness consequences of social relationships in the endangered Hawaiian goose (Nene).
Please visit this page for more information on my research projects.
I will be starting a postdoc fellowship at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at University of Tennessee in June on a project collaborating with Dr. David Lusseau at University of Aberdeen.
I am also actively looking for new collaborators, especially people who are interested in applying network analysis to their existing data.
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