Funding success

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded new funding for the project 2015-2018. The focus is of this future grant is the causes of the above-expectation levels of inbreeding in the population. Why do we see so many males that were born in the study area returning for the rut?  Why do females mate with these related males? This project will make use of new data on relatedness between individuals and individual inbreeding status, which is currently being collected under European Research Council funding.