the evolution and maintenance of the unique mutualism between honeyguides and human honey-hunters
I am a post-doctoral researcher in Dr Claire Spottiswoode's group at the University of Cambridge. My work aims to understand the unique mutualistic foraging partnership between human honey-hunters and the greater honeyguide. Honeyguides lead honey-hunters to bees, where the humans gain access to the bees' nest using fire and axes. The humans harvest the honey, and leave a piece of beeswax to reward the honeyguide. I am asking how this partnership evolved, how it is maintained, and how it impacts the honeyguide's health.