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BRS Sarah Benson-Amram: Does cognition facilitate the adaptation of wildlife to urban environments? A case study of raccoons
October 6, 2021
host: Richardson Lab
Title: Does cognition facilitate the adaptation of wildlife to urban environments? A case study of raccoons
Abstract: The ability of animals to perceive, learn about, and respond to the world around them has profound fitness consequences. Advanced cognitive abilities, such as behavioral flexibility, may have particularly strong effects on fitness in cities, which are some of the most extreme novel environments confronted by contemporary wildlife populations. I will present results from my current research program, which is focused on studying the cognition, behavior, and ecology of urban carnivores (particularly raccoons) to understand how cognition is facilitating adaptation of these species to urban environments.
Biodiversity Research Seminar Series (BRS)