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Mauricio Cantor

I am fascinated by emergent patterns and strategies in Nature. Within the general area of biology I am most interested in behavioural ecology and the ecology of interactions both among species and individuals. For that I have been using network theory, mainly to understand interindividual social interactions. My main current research projects aim to describe patterns of non-human societies, reveal the potential mechanisms that generate them and model spread of information through the population. I have been mainly using whales and dolphins as models, due to their high motility and high cognitive capability that confers plasticity and complexity to their social systems, in addition to exciting field work challenges. Some of the ongoing spin-off research projects that I am involved also adopt network thinking to explore processes at the population (e.g. social behaviour among terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates) and community levels (e.g. ecological interactions and interspecific behaviour).

Fishermen Bite Off More Than They Can Chew — With A Little Help From Their Dolphin Friends

Let’s say you live in front of your favorite restaurants. How often would you be chasing around an ordinary food truck meal? Theory predicts that animals—humans included—search for food in ways that maximize net energy intake[1]. Upon finding a food […]