Early-life conditions and their long-term consequences in spotted hyenas

Morgane Gicquel

The developmental period is a particularly sensitive window during which the phenotypic effects of the environment are particularly marked. This means that the conditions experienced during development can have both immediate and  delayed effects on life history traits and fitness. Very little is known about these effects in free-ranging populations. My research will use long-term detailed data from individually known free-ranging spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.