Abstract # 4434 Event # 1:

Scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2013 08:00 AM-01:00 PM: (San Geronimo Ballroom C) Symposium


S. Diaz-Munoz1 and K. L. Bales2,3
1University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA, 2University of California, Davis, 3California National Primate Research Center
     The majority of primate species are thought to have a breeding system where males are polygynous and maternal investment is prolonged and near exclusive. A body of research, developed primarily since the 1970's, has highlighted breeding systems that differ from this pattern. Monogamy, polyandry, cooperative breeding, and paternal care have been identified among substantial portions of primate species. However, breeding systems are not fixed properties and even within species considerable variation may exist due to ecological, demographic and physiological factors. This symposium has the goal of describing patterns of breeding system variability and making use of variability to understand the factors influencing primate breeding systems. Speakers will include researchers using diverse approaches (evolution, ecology, development and physiology) to gain an integrative perspective of primate breeding systems. The symposium will be structured by use of challenge questions tailored to invitees' area of expertise, e.g.: What is the physiology of pair bonding and its correspondence with mating systems? What is monogamy and what does your study species tell us about it? How does variability within your study species and between other primates tell us something about monogamy? Ultimately the symposium aims to generate scientific debate, collaborations and synthesis that can guide future research directions into unusual primate breeding systems.