Hazel Nichols with a Damaraland mole-rat. Photo credit Kevin Arbuckle

Hazel Nichols with a Damaraland mole-rat.

Project Overview

Project name: Scent communication in mammals

 Chemical communication is the oldest and most widespread form of communication in the animal world. We are working to understand the role of chemical communication in mammalian social systems by addressing 3 key questions (1) What information is conveyed through scent? (2) How does scent communication evolve? and (3) What are the genetic and environmental mechanisms behind scent communication?

 To investigate these questions we are using a variety of species including banded mongooses, Damaraland mole-rats and naked mole-rats.