Research spotlight: Sophie Berdugo

DPhil student Sophie Berdugo took part in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and OxCo video showcase on 23 September 2021, premiering an animated video describing her research topic and area of study: Is animal learning the key to conservation? The full video is available on YouTube and can be viewed below.


Video references 

Brakes, P., Dall, S. R. X., Aplin, L. M., Bearhop, S., Carroll, E. L., Ciucci, P., Fishlock, V., Ford, J. K. B., Garland, E. C., Keith, S. A., McGregor, P. K., Mesnick, S. L., Noad, M. J., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Robbins, M. M., Simmonds, M. P., Spina, F., Thornton, A., Wade, P. R., … Rutz, C. (2019). Animal cultures matter for conservation. Science363(6431), 1032–1034.

Brakes, P., Carroll, E. L., Dall, S. R., Keith, S. A., McGregor, P. K., Mesnick, S. L., ... & Garland, E. C. (2021). A deepening understanding of animal culture suggests lessons for conservation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B288(1949), 20202718. 

CMS. (2018). CMS Workshop: Animal Culture and Social Complexity

Horner, V., Proctor, D., Bonnie, K. E., Whiten, A., & de Waal, F. B. M. (2010). Prestige affects cultural learning in chimpanzees. PLoS ONE5(5), e10625.

Kühl, H. S., Boesch, C., Kulik, L., Haas, F., Arandjelovic, M., Dieguez, P., ... & Kalan, A. K. (2019). Human impact erodes chimpanzee behavioral diversity. Science363(6434), 1453-1455.

Matsuzawa, T. (1994). Field experiments on use of stone tools by chimpanzees in the wild. In R. W. Wrangham, W. C. McGrew, F. B. M. De Waal, & P. G. Heltne (Eds.), Chimpanzee Cultures (pp. 351–370). Harvard University Press. 

van Schaik, C. P. (2002). Fragility of Traditions: The Disturbance Hypothesis for the Loss of Local Traditions in Orangutans. International Journal of Primatology23(2), 527–538.

Whiten, A. (2005). The second inheritance system of chimpanzees and humans. Nature437(7055), 52–55.


Video Acknowledgements

With thanks to: 

Ilka Vari-Lavoisier

Harry McAlister

Thomas Evans

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

The Clarendon Fund and Boise Trust Fund


Additional video credits

Music: "Shining Through", free from Powtoon

Images: All obtained from Powtoon and Pixabay

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