Dr Lyanne Brouwer

Honorary Lecturer
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Animal Behaviour 060801
  • Behavioural Ecology 060201
  • Population Ecology 060207
  • Evolutionary Impacts Of Climate Change 060306
  • Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics 060411

Available student projects

Kin selection and competition in cooperative breeders

All nine Australian fairy-wren species are cooperative breeders: males stay with their parents to help rear the next brood, instead of breeding on their own. Females in most species disperse, which is thought to be the main mechanism to avoid inbreeding. Interestingly, in the red-winged fairy-wren both females and males stay at home, which raises some questions fundamental to the theory of cooperative breeding. For example, why do both sexes stay and help in some species while only one sex does in others? How is inbreeding avoided in the absence of dispersal? Several projects are available to study these and related questions.

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  19 August 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers