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  • Robert Murphey

    Robert Murphey

    Professor Emeritus

        University of California, Davis
    Phone: 530.752.1855
    Office: 273 Young Hall


    Research Interests

    Dr. Murphey's primary research interests are related to genetic and environmental correlates of animal social behavior, and the effects of human contact and domestication on animal behavior. Most of his studies make use of domesticated livestock in Latin America, especially Brazil. Examples of recent and current work are investigations of mechanisms of kin recognition, the importance of genetic similarity and familiarity in social aggregations and "cooperative" behavior, genetic and social factors in the foundation and maintenance of communal nurseries of calves, and behavioral adaptations of cattle and water buffalo to challenging environments.