MALDONADO-CHAPARRO Adriana Alexandra
- Biology, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
- Life Sciences
Areas of expertise
Keywords: behavioral ecology, social behavior, social instability, behavioral flexibility, environmental fluctuations I am an Assistant Professor at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, and an affiliated scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, I am also the leader of a Max Planck Partner Group on Behavioral Ecology and Conservation. I am fascinated by group-living species and understanding how individuals respond to variation in their social and ecological environment, and is broadly interested in applying behavioral ecology to improve the conservation and management of species and habitats. I have worked on behavior and population ecology of capybaras with conservation objectives (MSc, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia) and investigated the sources of individual heterogeneity, such as phenotypic plasticity, and its effects on the long-term population dynamics on yellow-bellied marmots (PhD, University of California Los Angeles, USA). I use long-term tracking of wild animals and captive experiments to study how the biotic and the social environment drives changes in the emergent properties of social groups, and how this affects population dynamics and ecological interactions. Currently, I am focusing my research on understanding the effects of environmental perturbations on the stability of social relationships and the potential influence on population dynamics.