Meerkats

This page lists the publications of the Kalahari Meerkat Project in reverse chronological order.

 

2016

Goncalves, I.B., Heistermann, M., Santema, P., Dantzer, B., Mausbach, J., Ganswindt, A., and Manser, M.B. (2016) Validation of a fecal glucocorticoid assay to assess adrenocortical activity in meerkats using physiological and biological stimuli. PloS one 11 (4), e0153161.

Huchard, E., English, S., Bell, M.B.V., Thavarajah, N. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2016) Competitive growth in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Nature 533: 532-534.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2016) Mammal Societies. John Wiley and Sons.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Manser, M. (2016) Meerkats: cooperative breeding in the Kalahari. In: Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates (eds W.D. Koenig and J.L. Dickinson) Cambridge University Press pp. 294-317.

delBarco-Trillo, J, Greene, L.K., Goncalves, I.B., Fenkes, M., Wisse, J.H., Drewe, J.A., Manser, M.B., Clutton-Brock, T. and Drea, C. (2016) Beyond aggression: Androgen-receptor blockade modulates social interaction in wild meerkats. Hormones and Behavior 78: 95-106.

Smyth, K.N. and Drea, C.M. (2016) Patterns of parasitism in the cooperatively breeding meerkat: a cost of dominance for females. Behavioral Ecology 27: 148-157/doi 10.1093/beheco/arv132.

 

2015

Dippenaar, A., Parsons, S.D.C., Sampson, S.L., van der Merwe, R.G., Drewe, J.A., Abdallah, A.M., Siame, K.K., van Pittius, N.C.G., van Helden, P.D., Pain, A. and Warren, R.M. (2015) Whole genome sequence analysis of Mycobacterium suricattae. Tuberculosis 95: 682-688.

MacLeod, K.J. McGhee, K.E. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2015) No apparent benefits of allonursing for recipient offspring and mothers in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Journal of Animal Ecology/doi 10.1111/1365-2656.12343

 

2014

 

MacLeod, K.J., and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Low costs of allonursing in meerkats: mitigation by behavioral change? Journal of Behavioral Ecology 26: 697-705.

MacLeod, K. (2014) Offspring sex ratio variation and development in a cooperative breeder. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Leclaire, S., Nielsen, J.F., and Drea, C.M. (2014) Bacterial communities in meerkat anal scent secretions vary with host sex, age, and group membership. Behavioral Ecology 25: 996-1004/doi10.1093/beheco/aru074.

Voellmy, I.E., Braga Goncalves, I., Barrette, M-F., Monfort, S.L. and Manser M.B. (2014) Mean fecal glucocorticoid metabolites correlate with vigilance, whereas immediate cortisol levels better reflect acute anti-predator responses in meerkats. Hormones and Behavior 66: 759-765.

Townsend, S.W., Charlton, B.D. and Manser M.B. (2014) Acoustic cues to identity and predator context in meerkat barks. Animal Behaviour 94: 143-149.

Manser, M.B., Jansen, D.A., Hollén, L.I., Graw, B., Bousquet, C.A., Furrer, R.D. and le Roux, A. (2014) Vocal complexity in meerkats and other mongooses. Advances in the Study of Behavior 46: 281-310.

Karp, D., Manser MB, Wiley, EM and Townsend, SW (2014) Nonlinearities in meerkat alarm calls prevent receivers from habituating. Ethology 120: 189-196.

Ozgul, A., Bateman, A.W., English, S., Coulson, T. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Linking body mass and group dynamics in an obligate cooperative breeder. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 332-342/doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12239.

Bell, M.B.V., Cant, M.A., Borgeaud, C., Thavarajah, N., Samson, J. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Suppressing subordinate reproduction provides benefits to dominants in cooperative societies of meerkats. Nature Communications 5:4499/doi: 10.1038/ncomms5499.

Bateman, A.W., Lewis, M.A., Gall, G., Manser, M.B. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Territoriality and home-range dynamics in meerkats, Suricata suricatta, a mechanistic modelling approach. Journal of Animal Ecology/doi 10.1111/1365-2656.12267.

Mares, R., Bateman, A.W., English, S., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Young, A.J. (2014) Timing of predispersal prospecting is influenced by environmental, social and state-dependent factors in meerkats. Animal Behaviour 88: 185-193.

Carter, A.J., English, S. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Cooperative personalities and social niche specialization in female meerkats. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 815-825.

Huchard, E., Charmantier, A., English, S., Bateman, A., Nielsen, J.F. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2014) Additive genetic variance and developmental plasticity in growth trajectories in a wild cooperative mammal. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 1893-1904.

MacLeod, K.J. and Lukas, D. (2014) Revisiting non-offspring nursing: allonursing evolves when the costs are low. Biology Letters 10: 20140378/doi org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0378.

English, S., Bateman, A.W., Mares, R., Ozgul, A. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) Maternal, social and abiotic environment effects on growth vary across life stages in a cooperative mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 332-342.

Thavarajah, N.K., Fenkes, M. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2014) The determinants of dominance relationships among subordinate females in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Behaviour 151: 89-102.

 

2013

Santema, P. (2013) Hormonal correlates of cooperative behaviour. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Bateman, A. (2013) Population dynamics and the Allee effect in meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Parsons, S.D.C., Drewe, J.A., Gey van Pittius, N.C., Warren, R.M. and van Helden, P.D. (2013) Novel cause of tuberculosis in meerkats, South Africa. Emerging Infectious Diseases 19: 2004-2007.

Bateman, A., Ozgul, A. Nielsen, J., Coulson, T. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2013) Social structure mediates environmental effects on group size in an obligate cooperative breeder, Suricata suricatta. Ecology 94: 587-597.

Steinert, L. (2013) The influence of predator species behaviour and location on anti-predator behaviors of meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Mausbach, J. (2013) Does the production of close calls in meerkats correlate to glucocorticoids and life history traits? MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Heldstab, S. (2013) The function of bolthole renovations in meerkats. MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Huchard, E. (2013) Social competition and selection in males and females. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 368:

Clutton-Brock, T. and Huchard, E. (February 2013) Social competition and its consequences in female mammals. Thomas Henry Huxley Review; Journal of Zoology 289: 151-171

English, S., Huchard, E., Nielsen, J.F. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2013) Early growth, dominance acquisition and lifetime reproductive success in male and female cooperative meerkats. Ecology and Evolution 3: 4401-4407.

Leclaire, S., Nielsen, J.F., Sharp, S.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2013) Mating strategies in dominant meerkats: evidence for extra‐pair paternity in relation to genetic relatedness between pair mates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, online

Perony, N. and Townsend, S.W. (2013). Why Did the Meerkat Cross the Road? Flexible Adaptation of Phylogenetically-Old Behavioural Strategies to Modern-Day Threats. PloS one 8: e52834.

Santema, P., Teitel, Z., Manser, M., Bennett, N. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2013) Effects of cortisol administration on cooperative behavior in meerkat helpers. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1122-1127.

Townsend, S.W. and Manser, M.B. (2013) Functionally referential communication in mammals: the past, present and the future. Ethology 119: 1-11.

Zöttl, M., Lienert, R., Clutton-Brock, T., Millesi, E. and Manser, M.B. (2013) The effects of recruitment to direct predator cues on predator responses in meerkats. Behavioral Ecology 24: 198-204.

MacLeod, K.J., Nielsen, J.F. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2013) Factors predicting the frequency, likelihood and duration of allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat, Animal Behaviour/doi org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.09.012

Reber, S.A., Townsend, S.W. and Manser, M.B. (2013) Social monitoring via close calls in meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280/doi org/10.1098/rspb.2013.1013

MacLeod, K.J. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2013) No evidence for adaptive sex ratio variation in the cooperatively breeding meerkat, Suricata suricatta. Animal Behaviour/doi org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.028

Santema, P. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2013) Meerkat helpers increase sentinel behaviour and bipedal vigilance in the presence of pups. Animal Behaviour

Sharp, S.P., English, S. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2013) Maternal investment during pregnancy in wild meerkats. Evolutionary Ecology 27: 1033-1044/doi: 10.1007/s10682-012-9615-x

Leclaire, S., Nielsen, J.F., Thavarajah, N.K., Manser, M.B. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (February 2013) Odour-based kin discrimination in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Biology Letters 9/doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.1054

 

2012

Mares R. (2012) Extra-territorial prospecting and territory defence in cooperatively breeding meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Ritter, N. (2012) The influence of social and ecological factors on meerkat sentinel calls and leadership in risky situations in meerkats. MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Zemihn, M. (2012) The function of lost calls in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: University of Zurich.

Karp, D. (2012) The function of non-linearities in meerkat alarm calls. MSc thesis: University of Zurich.

Gall, G. (2012) Assessments of spatio-temporal shifts in meerkats. MSc thesis: University of Zurich.

Fletcher, C. (2012) Macro-geographical variation in the close calls of meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc thesis: University of Zurich.

Townsend, S. W., Rasmussen, M., Clutton-Brock, T., and Manser, M. B. (2012). Flexible alarm calling in meerkats: the role of the social environment and predation urgency. Behavioral Ecology 23: 1360-1364.

Thornton, A. and McAuliffe, K. (2012) Teaching can teach us a lot. Animal Behaviour 83: 6-e9.

Thornton, A. and Samson, J. (2012) Innovative problem-solving in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour 83: 1459-1468

Hoppitt, W., Samson, J., Laland, K. N. and Thornton, A. (2012) Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population. PloS ONE 7: e42044

Nielsen, J.F., English, S., Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Wang, J., Walling, C.A., Bateman, A.W., Flower, T.P., Sutcliffe, R.L., Samson, J., Thavarajah, N.K., Kruuk, L.E.B., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Pemberton, J.M. (2012) Inbreeding and inbreeding depression of early life traits in a cooperative mammal. Molecular Ecology 21: 2788-2804.

Mares, R., Young, A.J. and Clutton-Brock T.H. (2012) Individual contributions to territory defence in a cooperative breeder: weighing up the benefits and costs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 3989-3995.

Bateman, A.W., Ozgul, A., Coulson, T. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2012) Density dependence in group dynamics of a highly social mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 628-639.

Madden, J.R., Nielsen, J.F. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2012) Do networks of social interactions reflect patterns of kinship? Current Zoology 58: 319-328.

Lukas, D and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2012) Cooperative breeding and monogamy in mammalian societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B/doi 10.1098/rspb.2011.2468.

English, S., Bateman, A.W. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (May 2012) Lifetime growth in wild meerkats: Incorporating life history and environmental factors into a standard growth model. Oecologia 169: 143-153

Barrette, M-F., Monfort, S.L., Festa-Bianchet, M., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Russell, A.F. (2012) Reproductive rate, not dominance status, affects fecal glucocorticoid levels in breeding female meerkats. Hormones and Behavior 61: 463-471/doi 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2011.12.005

Santema, P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (March 2012) Dominant female meerkats do not use aggression to elevate work rates of helpers in response to increased brood demand. Animal Behaviour/doi 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.12.032

Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Lukas, D (2012) The evolution of social philopatry and dispersal in female mammals. Molecular Ecology 21: 472-492

 

2011

Thornton, A. and Clutton-Brock, T. (February 2011) Social learning and the development of individual and group behaviour in mammal societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 978-987.

Lukas, D. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (December 2011) Group structure, kinship, inbreeding risk and habitual female dispersal in plural-breeding mammals. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1337-1343/doi 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02385.x

Fenkes, M. (2011) Comparative analysis of volatile components in the anal gland secretion of three sympatric but socially different mongoose species (Galerella sanguinea, Cynictis penicillata, Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: University of Potsdam.

Engesser, S. (2011) Function of ‘close’ calls in a group foraging carnivore, Suricata suricatta. MSc thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Townsend S.W., Allen C and Manser M.B. (online Oct 2011) A simple test of vocal individual recognition in meerkats. Biology Letters/doi 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0844

Bousquet C.A.H. and Manser M.B. (2011) Resolution of experimentally induced symmetrical conflicts of interest in meerkats. Animal Behaviour 81: 1101-1107.

Sharp, S.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2011) Reluctant challengers: why do subordinate female meerkats rarely displace their dominant mothers? Behavioral Ecology 22: 1337-1343/doi 10.1093/beheco/arr138

Drewe, J.A., Eames, K.T.D., Madden, J.R. and Pearce, G.P. (August 2011) Integrating contact network structure into tuberculosis epidemiology in meerkats in South Africa: Implications for control. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 101: 113-120.

Sharp, S.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2011) Competition, breeding success and ageing rates in female meerkats. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1756-1762 /doi 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02304.x

Mares, R., Young, A.J., Levesque, D.L., Harrison, N. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2011) Responses to intruder scents in the cooperatively breeding meerkat: sex and social status differences and temporal variation. Behavioral Ecology 22: 594-600/doi 10.1093/beheco/arr021

Townsend, S.W., Zöttl, M. and Manser, M.B. (2011) All clear? Meerkats attend to contextual information in close calls to coordinate vigilance. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1927-1934/doi 10.1007/s00265-011-1202-6

Madden, J.R., Drewe, J.A., Pearce, G.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (April 2011) The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 3. Position of individuals within networks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1857-1871/doi 10.1007/s00265-011-1194-2

Bateman, A.W., Coulson, T. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (March 2011) What do simple models reveal about the population dynamics of a cooperatively breeding species? Oikos doi 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18952.x

Flower, T. (2011) Fork-tailed drongos use deceptive mimicked alarm calls to steal food. Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi10.1098/rspb.2010.1932

Bousquet C.A.H., Sumpter D.J.T. and Manser M.B. (2011) Moving calls: a vocal mechanism underlying quorum decisions in cohesive groups. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 1482-1488.

Townsend S.W. and Manser M.B. (2011) The function of non-linear phenomena in meerkat alarm calls. Biology Letters 7: 47-49.

 

2010

English, S. (2010) Individual variation in helping behaviour in meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Thornton, A. and Raihani, N. J. (2010) Identifying teaching in wild animals. Learning and Behavior, 38, 297-309.

Wadewitz, P. (2010) Olfactory discrimination of predators and conspecifics in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Manser, M.B. (2010) The generation of functionally and motivational vocal signals in mammals. In Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization (ed S.M. Brudzynski) pp. 477-486. Oxford: Academic Press.

Bousquet, C. (2010) Group decision making in meerkats. PhD Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Madden, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2010) Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B/doi 10/1098/rspb.2010.1675.

Reber, S. A. (2010) Discrimination of close calls is related to conflict situations in female meerkats. MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

English, S. Nakagawa, S. and Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2010). Consistent individual differences in cooperative behaviour in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1597-1604.

Michel, V. (2010) How meerkats use heterospecific vocalizations to avoid predation. MSc Thesis: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.

Townsend S.W., Hollén L.I. and Manser M.B. (2010) Meerkat close calls encode group significant signatures, but fail to discriminate. Animal Behaviour 80: 133-138.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Hodge, S.J., Flower, T.P., Spong, G.F. and Young, A.J. (2010) Adaptive suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperative mammals. American Naturalist 176: 664-673

Clutton-Brock, T. and Sheldon, B.C. (2010) Individuals and populations: the role of long-term, individual-based studies in ecology and evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 562-573

Thornton, A., Samson, J. and Clutton-Brock T. (2010) Multi-generational persistence of traditions in neighbouring meerkat groups. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 3623-3629./doi 10.1098/rspb.2010.0611

Candea, M. (2010) “I fell in love with Carlos the meerkat”: engagement and detachment in human-animal relations. American Ethnologist 37:241-258.

Drewe, J.A. (2010) Who infects whom? Social networks and tuberculosis transmission in wild meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 633—642.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Sheldon, B.C. (2010) The Seven Ages of Pan. Science 327: 1207-1208

 

2009

Young A.J. and Monfort S.L. (2009) Stress and the costs of extra-territorial prospecting in a social mammal. Biology Letters 5: 439-441

Zöttl, M. (2009) Costs and benefits of recruitment calling in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: University of Vienna and University of Zurich.

Sharp, S.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Reproductive senescence in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 176-183.

Kutsukake, N. and Clutton-Brock T.H. (2009) Grooming and the value of social relationships in cooperatively breeding meerkats. Animal Behaviour 79: 271-279.

Le Roux A, Cherry M, Gygax L and Manser MB (2009) Vigilance behaviour and fitness consequences between a solitary and a group foraging mammal. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1097-1107.

Furrer R and Manser MB (2009) ‘The evolution of urgency-based and functionally referential alarm calls in ground-dwelling species.’ American Naturalist 173: 400-410.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Cooperation between non-kin in animal societies. Nature 462:51-57.

Hodge, S. J., Thornton, A., Flower, T. P. and Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2009) Food limitation increases aggression in juvenile meerkats. Behavioral Ecology.

Madden, J.R., Kunc, H.P., English, S., Manser, M.B. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Calling in the gap: competition or cooperation in littermates’ begging behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1255-1262.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Structure and function in mammalian societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 3229-3242.

Manser, M.B. (2009) What do functionally referential alarm calls refer to? In Cognitive Ecology (ed R. Dukas and J.M. Ratcliffe) University of Chicago Press, Chicago pp. 229-248.

Manser, M.B. (2009) The generation of functionally and motivational vocal signals in mammals. In Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization (ed S.M. Brudzynski) pp. 477-486. Oxford: Academic Press.

Drewe, J.A. (2009) Social networks and infectious disease transmission: Epidemiology of tuberculosis in wild meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Drewe, J.A., Dean, G.S., Michel, A.L. and Pearce, G.P. (2009) Accuracy of three diagnostic tests for determining Mycobacterium bovis infection status in live-sampled wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 21: 31-39.

Thornton, A. and Malapert, A. (2009) The rise and fall of an arbitrary tradition: an experiment with wild meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:1269-1276.

Madden, J.R., Kunc, H-J.P. Kunc., English, S. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Why do meerkat pups stop begging? Animals Behaviour: 78: 85-89.

Madden, J.R., Kunc, H-J.P., English, S., Manser, M.B. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Do meerkat (Suricata suricatta) pups exhibit strategic begging behaviour and so exploit adults that feed at relatively high rates? Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1259-1268.

Thornton, A. and Malapert, A. (2009) Experimental evidence for social transmission of food acquisition techniques in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour 78: 255-264.

Madden, J.R., Drewe, J.A., Pearce, G.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intra-group interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64:81-95.

Drewe, J.A., Madden, J.R. and Pearce, G.P. (2009) The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 1. Inter-group interactions. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1295-1306.

Clutton-Brock, T. and McAuliffe, K. (2009) Female mate choice in mammals. The Quarterly Review of Biology 84: 3-27.

Madden, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Manipulating grooming by decreasing parasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1263-1268.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2009) Sexual selection in females. Animal Behaviour 77: 3-11.

Cross, P.C., Drewe, J., Patrek, V., Pearce, G., Samuel, M.D. and Delahay, R.J. (2009) Wildlife population structure and parasite transmission: Implications for disease management. In Management of Disease in Wild Mammals (ed R.J. Delahay) pp.9-29. Japan: Springer

Drewe, J.A., Foot, A.K., Sutcliffe, R.L. and Pearce, G.P. (2009) Pathology of Mycobacterium bovis infection in wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta) Journal of Comparative Pathology 140: 12-24.

Thornton, A. and Hodge, S.J. (2009) The development of foraging microhabitat preferences in meerkats. Behavioral Ecology 20: 103-110.

 

2008

Young A.J., Monfort S.L. and Clutton-Brock T.H. (2008) Physiological suppression among female meerkats: a role for subordinate restraint due to the threat of infanticide? Hormones and Behavior 53:131-139

Völlmy, I. (2008) Predator-elicited communication in meerkats (Suricata suricatta): Do arousal states influence call production and the response to calls? MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Ruffner, M. (2008) The function of sunning calls in meerkats. MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Amsler, V. (2008) How urgency levels in alarm calls influence the foragers response in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

English, S., Kunc, H.P., Madden, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) Sex differences in responsiveness to begging in a cooperative mammal. Biology Letters 4: 334-338.

Thornton, A. (2008) Early condition, time budgets and the acquisition of foraging skills in meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 75: 951-962.

Thornton, A. and Raihani, N.J. (2008) The evolution of teaching. Animal Behaviour. 75: 1823-1836.

Hoppitt, W.J.E., Brown, G.R., Kendal, R., Rendell, L., Thornton, A., Webster, M.J. and Laland, K.N. (2008) Lessons from animal teaching. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 486-493.

Thornton, A. (2008) Social learning about novel foods in young meerkats. Animal Behaviour 76: 1411-1421.

Thornton, A. (2008) Variation in contributions to teaching by meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 275: 1745-1751.

Manser, M.B., Madden, J.R., Kunc, H.P., English, S. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) Signals of need in a cooperatively breeding mammal with mobile offspring. Animal Behaviour 76: 1805-1813.

Spong, G.F., Hodge, S.J., Young, A.J. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) Factors affecting reproductive success of dominant male meerkats. Molecular Ecology 17: 2287-2299.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Hodge, S.J. and Flower, T.P. (2008) Group size and subordinate reproduction in Kalahari meerkats. Animal Behaviour 76: 689-700.

Thornton, A. (2008) Early body condition, time budgets and the acquisition of foraging skills in meerkats. Animal Behaviour 75: 951-962.

Kutsukake, N. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) The number of subordinates moderates intrasexual competition among males in cooperatively breeding meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 209-216.

Hodge, S.J., Manica, A., Flower, T.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) Determinants of reproductive success in dominant female meerkats. Journal of Animal Ecology 77: 92-102.

Golabek, K.A., Jordan, N.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2008) Radiocollars do not affect the survival of foraging behaviour of wild meerkats. Journal of Zoology 274: 248-253.

Hollén, L.I., Clutton-Brock, T. and Manser, M.B. (2008) Ontogenetic changes in alarm-call production and usage in meerkats (Suricata suricatta): adaptations or constraints? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobology 62: 821-829.

 

2007

Razumovsky, N. (2007) Behavioural and physiological responses by meerkats (Suricata suricatta) to different levels of predation risk. MSc Thesis: Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria.

Lienert, R. (2007) Secondary predator cue inspection in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Thornton, A., Raihani, N.J. and Radford, A.N. (2007) Teachers in the wild: some clarification. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11: 272-273.

Thornton, A. (2007) Social influences on the development of foraging behaviour in meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Hollén, L.I. and Manser, M.B. (2007) Persistence of alarm-call behaviour in the absence of predators: a comparison between wild and captive-born meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Ethology 113: 1038-1047.

Schibler, F. and Manser, M.B. (2007) The irrelevance of individual discrimination in meerkat alarm calls. Animal Behaviour 74: 1259-1268.

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2007) Sexual selection in males and females. Science 318: 1882-1885.

Jordan, N.R., Cherry, M.I. and Manser, M.B. (2007) Latrine distribution and patterns of use by wild meerkats: implications for territory and mate defence. Animal Behaviour 73: 613-622.

Ross-Gillespie, A. and Griffin, A.S. (2007) Quick guide: Meerkats. Current Biology 17-12, R442.

Hollén, L.I. and Manser, M.B. (2007) Motivation before meaning: motivational information encoded in meerkat alarm calls develops earlier than referential information. American Naturalist 169: 758–767.

Kunc, H.J., Madden, J.R. and Manser, M.B. (2007) Begging signals in a mobile feeding system: the evolution of different call types. American Naturalist 170: 617-624.

Jordan, N. (2007) Scent-marking investment is determined by sex and breeding status in meerkats. Animal Behaviour 74: 531-540.

Graw, B. and Manser, M.B. (2007) The function of mobbing in cooperative meerkats. Animal Behaviour 74: 507-517.

Hodge, S.J., Flower, T.P. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2007) Offspring competition and helper associations in cooperative meerkats. Animal Behaviour 74: 957-964.

Dalerum, F., Bennett, N.C. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2007) Longitudinal differences in 15N between mothers and offspring during and after weaning in a small cooperative mammal, the meerkat (Suricata suricatta). Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21: 1889-1892.

Young, A. J., Spong, A. J., and Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2007) Subordinate males prospect for extra-group paternity: alternative reproductive tactics in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 1603-1609.

Russell, A. F., Young, A. J., Spong, G, Jordan, N. R. and Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2007) Helpers increase the reproductive potential of offspring in cooperative meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 513-520.

 

2006

Rasmussen, M.W. (2006) Vocalizations in prospecting meerkats: Is there an audience effect? MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Glaser, A.S. (2006) Prey detection and foraging strategies in meerkats. MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Stütz, A. (2006) Acoustic correlates of behavioural arousal in meerkat (Suricata suricatta) vocalisations. MSc thesis: Universität Zurich.

Schibler, F.J. (2006) The irrelevance of individual recognition in meerkats’ alarm calls. MSc thesis: Fakultät der Universität Bern.

Hollén, L.I. (2006) Development of alarm-call production, usage and responses in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). PhD thesis: Universität Zurich.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Hodge, S.J., Spong, G., Russell, A.F., Jordan, N.R., Bennett, N.C., Sharpe, L.L. and Manser, M.M. (2006) Intrasexual competition and sexual selection in cooperative mammals. Nature 444: 1065-1068.

Kutsukake, N. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2006) Social function of allo-grooming in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Animal Behaviour 72: 1059-1068.

Hollén, L.I. and Manser, M.B. (2006) Ontogeny of alarm call responses in meerkats, Suricata suricatta: the roles of age, sex and nearby conspecifics. Animal Behaviour 72: 1345-1353.

Turbé, A. (2006) Habitat use, ranging behaviour and social control in meerkats. BBSRC studentship. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Young, A.J., Carlson, A.A., Monfort, S.L., Russell, A.F., Bennett, N.C. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2006) Stress and the suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperatively breeding meerkats. PNAS 103:12005-12010.

Young, A.J. and Clutton-Brock, T. (2006) Infanticide by subordinates influences reproductive sharing in cooperatively breeding meerkats. Biology Letters 2: 385-387.

Thornton, A. and Mcauliffe, K. (2006) Teaching in wild meerkats. Science 313: 227-229.

Carlson, A.A., Russell, A.F., Young, A.J., Jordan, N.R., McNeilly, A.S., Parlow, Al F. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2006) Elevated prolactin levels immediately precede decisions to babysit by male meerkat helpers. Hormones and Behavior 50: 94-100.

Kutsukake, N. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2006) Aggression and submission reflect reproductive conflict between females in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 541-548.

Carlson, A.A., Manser, M.B., Young, A.J., Russell, A.F., Jordan, N.R., McNeilly, A.S. and Clutton-Brock, T H. (2006) Cortisol levels are positively associated with pup-feeding rates in male meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273: 571-577.

 

2005

Jordan, N. (2005) Olfactory communication in meerkats. MSc Thesis: University of Stellenbosch.

Furrer, R. (2005) Alarm calls in Cape ground squirrels. MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Graw, B. (2005) Mobbing behaviour in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). MSc Thesis: Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.

Hollén, L. and Manser, M.B. (2005) Studying alarm call communication in meerkats. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour, Vol. IX(3): 525-538.

Sharpe, L.L. (2005) Frequency of social play does not affect dispersal partnerships in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour 70: 559-569.

Sharpe, L.L. (2005) Play does not enhance social cohesion in a cooperative mammal. Animal Behaviour 70: 551-558.

Sharpe, L.L. (2005) Play fighting does not affect subsequent fighting success in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour 69: 1023-1029.

Young, A.J., Carlson, A.A. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2005) Trade-offs between extra-territorial prospecting and helping in a cooperative mammal. Animal Behaviour 70:829-837.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Russell, A.F., Sharpe, L.L. and Jordan, N.R. (2005) ‘False-feeding’ and aggression in meerkat societies. Animal Behaviour 69: 1273-1284.

Stephens, P.A., Russell, A.F., Young, A.J., Sutherland, W.J. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2005) Dispersal, eviction and conflict in meerkats (Suricata suricatta): An evolutionarily stable strategy model. American Naturalist 165: 120-135.

 

2004

Scantlebury, M., Clutton-Brock, T.H., and Speakman J.R. (2004) Energetics of cooperative breeding in meerkats Suricata suricatta. International Congress Series.1275: 367-274.

Manser, M.B. and Fletcher, L.B. (2004) Vocalise to localise – A test on functionally referential alarm calls. Interaction Studies 5: 325-342.

Manser, M.B. and Bell, M.B. (2004) Spatial representation of shelter locations in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Animal Behaviour 68: 151-157.

Russell, A.F., Carlson, A.A., McIlrath, G.M., Jordan, N.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2004) Adaptive size modification by dominant female meerkats. Evolution 58: 1600-1607.

Carlson, A.A., Young, A.J., Russell, A.F., Bennett, N.C., McNeilly, A.S. and Clutton-Brock, T H. (2004) Hormonal correlates of dominance in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Hormones and Behavior 46: 141-150.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Russell, A.F. and Sharpe, L.L. (2004) Behavioural tactics of breeders in cooperative meerkats. Animal Behaviour 68: 1029-1040.

Sharpe, L.L. (2004) Play and social relationships in the meerkat Suricata suricatta. PhD thesis: University of Stellenbosch.

 

2003

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Russell, A.F. and Sharpe, L.L. (2003) Meerkat helpers do not specialise in particular activities. Animal Behaviour 66: 531-540.

Griffin, A.S., Pemberton, J.M., Brotherton, P.N.M., McIlrath, G.M., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2003) A genetic analysis of breeding success in the cooperative meerkat (Suricata suricatta). Behavioral Ecology 14: 472-480.

Russell, A.F., Brotherton, P.N.M., McIlrath, G.M., Sharpe, L.L. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2003) Breeding success in cooperative meerkats: effects of helper number and maternal state. Behavioural Ecology 14: 486-492.

Carlson, A.A., Nicol, L., Young, A.J., Parlow, Al.F. and McNeilly, A.S. (2003) Radioimmunoassay of prolactin for the meerkat (Suricata suricatta), a cooperatively breeding carnivore. General and Comparative Endocrinology 130: 148-156.

Russell, A.F., Sharpe, L.L., Brotherton, P.N.M. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2003) Cost minimization by helpers in cooperative vertebrates. PNAS 100: 3333-3338.

Sharpe, L.L. and Cherry, M.I. (2003) Social play does not reduce aggression in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour 66: 989-997.

Young, A.J. (2003) Subordinate tactics in cooperative meerkats: breeding, helping and dispersal. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

 

2002

Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2002-September). Meerkats stand tall. National Geographic Magazine. 52-73.

Scantlebury, M., Russell, A.F., McIlrath, G.M., Speakman, J.R. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2002) The energetics of lactation in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 269: 2147-2153.

Sharpe, L.L., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., Cameron, E.Z. and Cherry, M.I. (2002) Experimental provisioning increases play in free-ranging meerkats. Animal Behaviour 64: 113-121.

Russell, A.F., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., Sharpe, L.L., McIlrath, G.M., Dalerum, F.D., Cameron, E.Z. and Barnard, J.A. (2002) Factors affecting pup growth and survival in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Journal of Animal Ecology 71: 700-709.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Russell, A.F., Sharpe, L.L., Young, A.J., Balmforth, Z. and McIlrath, G.M. (2002) Evolution and development of sex differences in cooperative behavior in meerkats. Science 297: 253-256.

Manser, M.B., Seyfarth, R.M. and Cheney, D.L. (2002) Suricate alarm calls signal predator class and urgency. TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences 6: 55-57.

 

2001

Moss, A.M., Clutton-Brock, T.H. and Monfort, S.L. (2001) Longitudinal gonadal steroid excretion in free-living male and female meerkats (Suricata suricatta). General and Comparative Endocrinology 122: 158-171.

Manser, M.B., Bell, M.B. and Fletcher, L.B. (2001) The information that receivers extract from alarm calls in suricates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 268: 2485-2491.

Manser, M.B. (2001) The acoustic structure of suricates’ alarm calls varies with predator type and the level of response urgency. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 268: 2315-2324.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Russell, A.F., Sharpe, L.L., Brotherton, P.N.M., McIlrath, G.M., White, S. and Cameron, E.Z. (2001c) Effects of helpers on juvenile development and survival in meerkats. Science 293: 2446-2449.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., Russell, A.F., O’Riain, M.J., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R., Griffin, A., Manser, M., Sharpe, L., McIlrath, G.M., Small, T., Moss, A. and Monfort, S. (2001b) Cooperation, control, and concession in meerkat groups. Science 291: 478-481.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., O’Riain, M.J., Griffin, A.S., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R., Sharpe, L. and McIlrath, G.M. (2001a) Contributions to cooperative rearing in meerkats, Suricata suricatta. Animal Behaviour 61: 705-710.

Brotherton, P.N.M., Clutton-Brock, T.H., O’Riain, M.J., Gaynor, D., Sharpe, L., Kansky, R. and McIlrath, G.M. (2001) Offspring food allocation by parents and helpers in a cooperative mammal. Behavioural Ecology 12: 590-599.

White, S.M. (2001) Juvenile development and conflicts of interest in meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

 

2000

Barnard, J.A. (2000) Costs and benefits of group foraging in cooperatively breeding meerkats. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

O’Riain, M.J., Bennett, N.C., Brotherton, P.N.M., McIlrath, G.M. and Clutton-Brock, T.H. (2000) Reproductive suppression and inbreeding avoidance in wild populations of cooperatively breeding meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 48: 471-477.

Manser, M.B. and Avey, G. (2000) The effect of pup vocalisations on food allocation in a cooperative mammal, the meerkat (Suricata suricatta). Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 48: 429-437.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., O’Riain, M.J., Griffin, A.S., Gaynor, D., Sharpe, L., Kansky, R., Manser, M. and McIlrath, G.M. (2000) Individual contributions to babysitting in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 267: 301-305.

 

1999

Manser, M.B. (1999) Response of foraging group members to sentinel calls in suricates, Suricata suricatta. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 266: 1013-1019.

Courchamp, F., Clutton-Brock, T H. and Grenfell, B. (1999b) Inverse density dependence and the Allee effect. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14: 375-415.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Gaynor, D., McIlrath, G.M., MacColl, A.D.C., Kansky, R., Chadwick, P., Manser, M., Brotherton, P.N.M. and Skinner, J.D. (1999c.) Predation, group size and mortality in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Journal of Animal Ecology. 68: 672-683.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., O’Riain, M.J., Brotherton, P.N.M., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R., Griffin, A.S. and Manser, M. (1999b) Selfish sentinels in cooperative mammals. Science 284:1640-1644.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., MacColl, A.D.C., Chadwick, P., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R. and Skinner, J.D. (1999a) Reproduction and survival of suricates (Suricata suricatta) in the southern Kalahari. African Journal of Ecology 77: 69-80.

 

1998

Manser, M.B. (1998) The evolution of auditory communication in suricates Suricata suricatta. PhD thesis: University of Cambridge.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Brotherton, P.N.M., Smith, R., McIlrath, G.M., Kansky, R., Gaynor, D., O’Riain, J.M. and Skinner, J.D. (1998b) Infanticide and expulsion of females in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. 265: 2291-2295.

Clutton-Brock, T.H., Gaynor, D., Kansky, R., MacColl, A.D.C., McIlrath, G., Chadwick, P., Brotherton, P.N.M., O’Riain, J.M., Manser, M. and Skinner, J.D. (1998a) Costs of cooperative behaviour in suricates (Suricata suricatta). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. 265: 185-190.

 

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