Kristina Beck

Kristina Beck

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Department Kempenaers
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
+49 8157 932-231

Main Focus

Impact of the social environment on extra-pair paternity in blue tits

Most socially monogamous bird species perform sexual behaviour outside of their social pair bond, often resulting in extra-pair paternity (EPP). Extra-pair mating behaviour involves interactions between female or male, its social partner and the extra-pair partner. Nevertheless, most studies investigating EPP ignored the detailed patterns of interactions that form an individual’s social environment. However, the social environment in which an individual lives is likely to play an important role in the expression of extra-pair mating behaviour. During my PhD I will investigate the link between the social environment and the occurrence of EPP in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). I will particularly focus on the impact of social parameters on between-individual variation in EPP and, in turn, explore how EPP might influence aspects of the social environment. Finally, I plan to test how experimental changes in the social environment affect extra-pair mating decisions.

Curriculum Vitae

  • July 2016, MSc in Animal Behaviour, University of Vienna, Austria
  • July 2014, BSc in Biology, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
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