Effects of urbanization on social behaviour and population dynamics

Urbanization involves a drastic change of the environment and is considered one of the most important threats to biodiversity. Despite the attention on how urbanization has affected behavioural changes to the environment, the effect on intra-specific social behaviours, like cooperation and competition has been neglected, despite its importance for fitness. This project aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms of changes in social behaviours and the long-term population consequences. Using a citizen science approach, combined with new experiments, this project will shed light on the extent and underlying mechanisms of urbanization on social behaviours and its long-term consequences for the population.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 795921