Social behaviour is a central part of an animal's life. Animals connect to each other in various ways, often by moving around and encountering each other and/or by using signals. By studying social networks, spatial behaviour and animal communication with a specific focus on how animals with different personality we obtain novel insights into how social networks function and on how selection acts on them. Within this research line we are interested which role signals (birdsong) play in a social (communication) networks and how signalling is linked to resource defence, mate attraction and fitness.
Within this research line we also study environmental effects on communication, such as signal degradation and noise.
Specific research topics we are currently working on include:
- Personality social networks and communication in Great tits (Parus Major)
- Sexual Selection
- Animal Personality
- Cognition and personality
- Movement Ecology
- Ecology of vocal communication: degradation, distance and noise effects
More detailed information on specific projects will be provided on the personal sites (Camilla Hinde, Marc Naguib, Lysanne Snijders).
For a list of specific thesis topics, please follow http://tip.wur.nl.