1 PhD position available at the Courant Research Center Evolution of Social Behavior, Göttingen University, Germany
Applications are invited for a PhD project to work on competition and cooperation in male Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in their natural habitat in Morocco. The project will focus on male reproductive competition and consequences for social relationships and stress physiology in Barbary macaques. The study will be carried out in the oak and cedar forest near the city of Azrou, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco. The field site is run by Dr. Bonaventura Majolo (University of Lincoln, UK) and Prof. Mohammed Qarro (Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs, Morocco). Three habituated troops are currently available to study at the field site. Accommodation will be in the city of Azrou, in a fully furnished flat with internet connection. Azrou can be easily reached from Fez international airport (around Km60 from Azrou), but also from Rabat-Sale’ or Casablanca airports. All the necessary equipment for field work is available on site (binoculars, weather station, hand-held computers and software for data collection, and equipment for playback experiments).
Initial funding is available (9-12 months depending on the starting date) and we are currently seeking additional funding up to three more years.