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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Edward Wright

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Department of Primatology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
04103 Leipzig 
Germany 

phone: +49 341 3550 257
email: edward_wright@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research interests

I am interested in the evolutionary basis of animal behaviour. How social and ecological pressures shape the diversity of animal behaviour at the individual and society levels. More specifically, how animals cooperate and compete with each other for resources, such as food and mates, and how successful cooperation and/or competition may lead to increased reproductive success.

Current research

My current research focuses on resource competition (particularly food) and how this shapes female social relationships in mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). I am investigating the importance of dominance in mountain gorilla society which has been a subject of debate. I am specifically looking at whether the costs of feeding competition are unequally shared among group members which may lead to skews in energy balance for dominant individuals. Moreover, my research focuses on inter-population differences in seasonality and energy balance in order to better understand the interrelationship among ecological conditions, feeding ecology, and life history characteristics of the two remaining mountain gorilla populations. By conducting research on this critically endangered species I hope to increase our understanding of their needs in order to better protect them for future generations to enjoy.

This work is funded by the Max Planck Society.