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At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Longevity, Grandmothers, and Multi-tiered Sociality: An Elephant Example by Professor Phyllis Lee

22nd January 2020, 15:00 to 16:30, Dawson Building D110

Among long-lived species such as primates, cetaceans and elephants, life history traits can reflect energetic and time trade-offs that are only apparent over a lifespan and vary between individuals and over successive reproductive events due to complex and dynamic social contexts. I present data on reproductive and social traits, including the contribution of grandmothers to female reproductive success, from one population of elephants in Amboseli, Kenya where individuals have been observed for 48 years. We show that social dynamics and kinship, as well as basic environmental factors, determine the success of individuals in terms of longevity and reproductive rates, as is typical for many species such as primates. Where elephants are distinctive appears to be in the propensity to maintain sociality over time and space rather than competitive interactions, as key factors determining survival and reproductive rates.

Seminar in Anthropology by Professor Phyllis Lee, emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Stirling University.

Contact g.r.bentley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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