Raff Mares


I studied Biology at the University of Panama and investigated predispersal behaviours in ocelots for my undergraduate thesis (2005). I went on to work for WWF on a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon (2005-2006), investigating the ecology of white-lipped peccaries. In 2007, I joined the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa, which led to a SENACYT/IFARHU-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge (awarded in 2012). My doctoral research focused on extraterritorial prospecting and cooperative territory defence in meerkats, and was supervised by Tim Clutton-Brock and Andy Young (University of Exeter).