Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology & Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 341 3550 316
e-mail: dieter_lukas@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
office: level 1, room u1.30
personal webpage: dieterlukas.strikingly.com
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the processes that shape the variation in social behaviour in animals (including humans). Based on published reports, I classify the social organization (the distribution of individuals in time and space, from solitary individuals to large groups), the mating system (mating interaction among the sexes and competition over reproduction within the sexes), and the social structure (the extent of cooperative and competitive interactions among individuals) in a wide range of populations. My findings identify which conditions lead to certain behaviour, for example showing that in mammals species with particular social organization tend to occur in areas with different climatic conditions and that individuals are more likely to help each other when they are more closely related. Fundamental to my research are evolutionary reconstructions across the tree of life. I identify when changes in sociality and behaviour occurred, what the conditions were at the time of the change, and how sociality subsequently influences physiology, morphology, and other behaviour.