Behavioral Ecology

Alan Rincon

Research interests


I have a broad interest in how hormones influence animal behaviour and shape social relationships. My PhD work explores the role of oxytocin in the formation and maintenance of social bonds as well as cooperation in male Barbary macaques. In this species, males form strong, long-lasting social bonds and cooperate via coalition formation during the mating season. These ecological attributes make the Barbary macaque male an excellent model for studying the physiological mechanisms underpinning bonding and cooperation between non-kin and outside of pair bonds.


Education and relevant field experience

  • Nov 2015 - Present: Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany
    •   PhD Student
        Behavior and Cognition
        RTG 2070 Understanding social relationships
        PhD topic: The role of oxytocin in bonding and cooperation in male Barbary Macaques

  • Sep 2014 - Sep 2015: University of Roehampton, UK
    •   MRes Primate Behaviour Biology and Conservation (Distinction)
        Thesis: Correlates of testosterone in wild male Barbary macaques: testing the
        challenge hypothesis

  • Jan 2012 - Jan 2013: Research Assistant, The Barbary Macaque Project, Morocco
  • 2008 - 2011: The University of Manchester, UK
    •   BSc (Hons) Zoology



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