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Evolution of animal conflict and cooperation, focusing on the origin of altruism using fieldwork and theory.
Endlessly fascinating Belonogaster wasps, Ghana (PK)
What links climate and cooperation?
Across social animals, links are emerging between climatic variation and the evolution of sociality. My research aims to contribute to this debate using experiments and theoretical modelling (e.g., theory for altruism in fluctuating environments). I am conducting field experiments with African wasps, with colleagues in Cameroon, South Africa, and Kenya.
What role do threats and coercion play in social evolution?
Can organisms use Machiavellian tactics to coerce others into cooperation? I have recently published on the evolution of 'blackmail' between family members, and I am developing experiments in the evolution of dominance hierarchies.
What explains paradoxical acts of cooperation?
2021-now Marie Curie Global Fellow, Columbia University (USA) & University of Bristol (UK)
2021-now Junior Fellow of Simons Society of Fellows, Columbia University (USA)
2019-2020 Postdoc, Radford Lab, University of Bristol (UK)
2015-2019 PhD, University of Bristol (UK)
2014 Field assistant, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama
2010-2013 BA (Hons.) Biological Sciences, Brasenose College, University of Oxford (UK)
Junior Fellow (Columbia University), Simons Society of Fellows, New York City, Simons Foundation
1 Jan 2021 → 31 Dec 2023
Marie Curie Global Fellow, Columbia University
- social evolution
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Kennedy, P., Sumner, S., Botha, P., Welton, N. J., Higginson, A. D. & Radford, A. N., Apr 2021, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution. 5, 4, p. 468-479 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)44 Downloads (Pure)
Kennedy, P., Higginson, A. D., Radford, A. N. & Sumner, S., 15 Mar 2018, In: Nature. 555, 7696, p. 359-362 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile34 Citations (Scopus)313 Downloads (Pure)
Kennedy, P. & Radford, A. N., 1 Feb 2021, In: International Behavioural Ecology Congress Abstracts.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Uncertainty and the evolution of altruism: theory and fieldwork in the paper wasps of Central and South AmericaAuthor: Kennedy, P., 23 Jan 2019
Supervisor: Radford, A. (Supervisor) & Sumner, S. (External person) (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)File