Behavioural Ecology

Our research in behavioural ecology focuses on understanding how individual animals and populations function and how selection acts on fitness, using a range of different behavioural and life history traits. We follow different research lines including (1) family conflicts (2) animal communication and social networks (3) animal personality and (4) early developmental effects on behaviour. Our main study organisms are songbirds. For more details see links to personal websites below.


Specific research topics we are currently working on include:

  • Social networks
  • Animal communication, birdsong
  • Sexual selection and family conflicts
  • Applied animal behaviour
  • Companion animal behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Birdsong
  • Sexual selection
  • Animal personality
  • Animal cognition
  • Maternal effects and behavioural development
  • Ecology of vocal communication: degradation, distance and noise effects
  • Movement ecology
  • Predator and prey interactions
  • Cooperation in animals

Working with us:

We welcome enquiries regarding research and PhD positions, as well as Masters projects.  For specific Masters projects click here or contact us directly.