My research interests lie in understanding the evolution of social systems and reproductive and mating strategies, and how these are driven and constrained by ecological conditions. I focus primarily on large mammal behaviour, especially primates. I conducted my DPhil at Oxford University under the supervision of Professor Robin Dunbar, funded by the British Academy ‘Lucy to Language’ project. After completing my DPhil in 2010, I was a teaching fellow at Lancaster University before joining MMU as a lecturer in 2011.
Evolution and Behaviour
Dr Florian Weise (2016) An Evaluation of large carnivore translocations into free-range environments in Namibia.
Grace Ellison (2016 - Current) Behavioural Ecology and population genetics of Galago senegalensis in East Africa.
Sarah Scott (2016 - Current) A network approach to a conservation crisis: the case of the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum).
External Examiner MSc in Primate Conservation and MRes Primatology and Conservation, Oxford Brookes University.
External Examiner MRes Wildlife Conservation, University of Southampton.
G. Ellison, A. Wolfenden, L. Kahana, A. Kisingo, J. Jamieson, et al. (2019). Sleeping Site Selection in the Nocturnal Northern Lesser Galago (Galago senegalensis) Supports Antipredator and Thermoregulatory Hypotheses. International Journal of Primatology. 40(2), pp.276-296.
MS. Svensson, KAI. Nekaris, SK. Bearder, CM. Bettridge, TM. Butynski, et al. (2018). Sleep patterns, daytime predation, and the evolution of diurnal sleep site selection in lorisiforms. Am J Phys Anthropol. 166(3), pp.563-577.
CM. Bettridge, SR. de Kort (2015). Whose Honk? Using Acoustic Playbacks to Test Species Recognition in Galagos. FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA. 86(4), pp.247-248.
CM. Bettridge, RIM. Dunbar (2012). Modeling the Biogeography of Fossil Baboons. International Journal of Primatology. 33(6), pp.1278-1308.
CM. Bettridge, RIM. Dunbar (2012). Predation as a determinant of minimum group size in baboons. Folia Primatol (Basel). 83(3-6), pp.332-352.
CM. Bettridge, RIM. Dunbar (2011). Modeling the Biogeography of Fossil Baboons. International Journal of Primatology. pp.1-31.
C. Bettridge, J. Lehmann, RIM. Dunbar (2010). Trade-offs between time, predation risk and life history, and their implications for biogeography: A systems modelling approach with a primate case study. Ecological Modelling. 221(5), pp.777-790.