The aim of the Behavioural Ecology Group is to answer questions on the causes and consequences of behavioural traits and strategies, and to determine their implications especially in social contexts.
The main research focus of the BHE group is social behaviour, involving a range of projects. This includes research on early developmental- and maternal effects on behaviour, family conflicts, communication, animal personality, cognition and social networks using wild and captive animals as model organisms.
By applying our expertise in animal behaviour to different study systems - wild animals, farm animals and companion animals - our research and teaching integrates knowledge from these approaches. Our interests in behavioural ecology, applied animal behaviour and animal welfare ideally complement each other leading to knowledge transfer between these fields. One linking approach is our focus on individual behavioural characteristics (personality traits), which play a central role in understanding behaviour in all three study systems.