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SUEUR Cédric

  • Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • Behaviour & Ethology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary ecology, Host-parasite interactions, Interaction networks, Preregistrations, Social structure, Zoology
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Cédric Sueur is associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University of Strasbourg since 2011. He is mainly working on animal behaviour and specifically on social networking and decision-making in animal groups at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (Département d’Ecologie, Physiologie, Ethologie). He got the Young Scientist Award from the French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour in 2013 and the Primates Social Impact Award in 2017. He is also fellow of the University of Strasbourg - Institute for Advanced Study. Cédric Sueur is at the head of a network entitled “Social Network Analysis in Animal Societies” (SNAAS).

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10 Jun 2018
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A reply to “Ranging Behavior Drives Parasite Richness: A More Parsimonious Hypothesis”

Does elevated parasite richness in the environment affect daily path length of animals or is it the converse? An answer bringing some new elements of discussion

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In 2015, Brockmeyer et al. [1] suggested that mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) may accept additional ranging costs to avoid heavily parasitized areas. Following this paper, Bicca-Marques and Calegaro-Marques [2] questioned this interpretation and presented other hypotheses. To summarize, whilst Brockmeyer et al. [1] proposed that elevated daily path length may be a consequence of elevated parasite richness, Bicca-Marques and Calegaro-Marques [2] viewed it as a cause. In this current paper, Charpentier and Kappeler [3] respond to some of the criticisms by Bicca-Marques and Calegaro-Marques and discuss the putative parsimony of the two competing scenarios. The manuscript is interesting and focuses on an important question concerning the discussion about the social organization and home range use in wild mandrills. This answer helps to move this debate forward and should stimulate more empirical studies of the role of environmentally-transmitted parasites in shaping ranging and movement patterns of wild vertebrates. Given the elements this paper brings to the topics, it should have been published in American Journal of Primatology, the journal that published the two previous articles.

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[1] Brockmeyer, T., Kappeler, P. M., Willaume, E., Benoit, L., Mboumba, S., & Charpentier, M. J. E. (2015). Social organization and space use of a wild mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) group. American Journal of Primatology, 77(10), 1036–1048. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22439
[2] Bicca-Marques, J. C., & Calegaro-Marques, C. (2016). Ranging behavior drives parasite richness: A more parsimonious hypothesis. American Journal of Primatology, 78(9), 923–927. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22561
[3] Charpentier, M. J., & Kappeler, P. M. (2018). A reply to “Ranging Behavior Drives Parasite Richness: A More Parsimonious Hypothesis.” ArXiv:1805.08151v2 [q-Bio]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1805.08151

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SUEUR Cédric

  • Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • Behaviour & Ethology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary ecology, Host-parasite interactions, Interaction networks, Preregistrations, Social structure, Zoology
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Educational and work
Cédric Sueur is associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University of Strasbourg since 2011. He is mainly working on animal behaviour and specifically on social networking and decision-making in animal groups at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (Département d’Ecologie, Physiologie, Ethologie). He got the Young Scientist Award from the French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour in 2013 and the Primates Social Impact Award in 2017. He is also fellow of the University of Strasbourg - Institute for Advanced Study. Cédric Sueur is at the head of a network entitled “Social Network Analysis in Animal Societies” (SNAAS).