Elizabeth Hobson

I am a biologist who specializes in animal behavior and behavioral ecology. In my work, I seek to understand how and why individuals interact, what individuals know about their group’s social structure, how they might use this information to make decisions about how to interact socially with others, and how these abilities evolved.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, where I am studying the evolution of animal sociality. My goal is to use rigorous comparative methods and an evolutionary perspective to discover ways in which the extreme sociality of some species emerged, through investigating what individuals understand about their social worlds and the strategies individuals use to balance the costs and benefits of social living.

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