NS – Zegni Triki – Behavioral complexity affects supply and demand dynamics in reef cleaner fish-client fish mutualisms

*Featured image photo credit: Redouan Bshary

In this episode, Zegni Triki (new PI fall 2022, University of Bern, Switzerland) takes us on a wild journey under the sea to learn about cleaner fish mutualisms on the great barrier reef in her paper: Triki, Richter et al. 2022: ‘Marine Cleaning Mutualism Defies Standard Logic of Supply and Demand.’ Zegni tells tales of the complex natural history of cleaner fish and explains how models can help dissect messy, sometimes confusing empirical data. We also discuss the value of incorporating individual decision making into biological market theories of mutualistic species interactions. Plus, we learn once and for all who has the best mucus on the reef. Listen to our conversation and then read Zegni’s full paper here!

Dive even deeper by emailing your questions to Zegni at zegni.triki@gmail.com.

And learn more about the Lizard Island Research Station here: https://lirrf.org/

NATURALIST SELECTIONS IS AN INTERVIEW SERIES PRODUCED BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NATURALISTS GRADUATE COUNCIL. WE SHOWCASE GRADUATE STUDENT AND POSTDOC AUTHORED WORK IN THE AMERICAN NATURALIST, A PREMIER PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL FOR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR RESEARCH. CATCH UP ON EXCITING NEW PAPERS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM THE JOURNAL, AND MEET SOME TRULY BRILLIANT EARLY CAREER NATURALISTS!

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Credits

Featured Guest: Zegni Triki, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Host, Editor, Producer: Sarah McPeek, University of Virginia, US

Original Music: Daniel Nondorf, University of Virginia, US

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NS – Rouvière et al. 2022 – local enhancement behavior: is it really a good foraging strategy?

Naturalist Selections is an interview series produced by the American Society of Naturalists Graduate Council. We showcase graduate student and postdoc authored work in The American Naturalist, a premier peer-reviewed journal for ecology, evolution, and animal behavior research. Catch up on exciting new papers you may have missed from the journal, and meet some truly brilliant early career naturalists!

In this episode, Anna Rouvière talks with us about her new paper Rouvière et al. 2022: ‘The Effects of Local Enhancement on Mean Food Uptake Rate.’ We chat about how you spot locally enhancing behavior in vultures and other creatures, when local enhancement might be a beneficial strategy vs when it might not, how understanding local enhancement behavior can impact species conservation, and more. You can read Anna’s full paper here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/717207.

Still foraging for answers? Email Anna at anna.rouviere@outlook.com.

Anna Rouvière, St. Andrews University graduate, 2021

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Credits

Featured Guest: Anna Rouvière, formerly St. Andrews University, Scotland

Host, Editor, Producer: Sarah McPeek, University of Virginia

Original Music: Daniel Nondorf, University of Virginia

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