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Martin Surbeck

Bonobos expert, Harvard Behavioral Biology
Martin Surbeck's research centers around the dynamics of competition and cooperation within groups. He utilizes bonobos and chimpanzees as models to shed light on our evolutionary history. Of particular interest to him are the social systems of bonobos and the selective pressures that distinguish them from chimpanzees. Employing a comparative approach and drawing data from wild populations, Martin aims to comprehend various social traits. In 2016, Martin played a crucial role in establishing a new bonobo research site at Kokolopori in collaboration with BCI and Vie Sauvage. This endeavor involved closely monitoring three habituated bonobo groups, combining behavioral observations with endocrinological data to gain valuable insights into intergroup tolerance.
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