Monday, November 22, 2010

Marmot Soap Opera!

I first came to RMBL in 2007 to work with the marmot social network project. My job was to describe all the interactions of the marmots including those in which they fight or court each other for a "date". While observing marmots, the first thought that comes to your mind is: what a nice soap opera! Couples courting, relatives fighting, kids playing, and juveniles going away from home.

One of the most amazing things was that triple blot, one of the oldest males in a group, was displaced by a younger and stronger male. These guys had several fights in which they exerted a lot of energy.

This year I am coming back to RMBL to follow the marmot soap opera while doing the fieldwork of my Doctoral thesis!

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