Behavioural & Physiological Ecology
Coordinator: Simon Verhulst
The Behavioural & Physiological Ecology group aims to understand behaviour of animals in their natural environment. Studies range from molecular to population level, and are empirical as well as theoretical. We integrate approaches to address questions on both function and mechanism of behaviour. Topics of specific interest are social behaviour, ecological immunology, the avian microbiome, self-organisation of animal groups and life history evolution including ageing, and for most of these topics we are primarily interested in trying to understand individual variation. With respect to study systems, there is an emphasis on birds and we run long-term studies on larks, Seychelles warblers, blue tits, (captive) zebra finches, jackdaws and starlings. Please consult the web pages of the PIs below for further details.
MSc research projects
The list of projects on this page is by no means complete, and only intended to give an indication of the possibilities.
|Mechanisms underlying dominance interactions||07 April 2017|
|Modelling aggregations of gulls||14 July 2016|
|Special relationships between the sexes in primates||14 July 2016|
|The evolution of milling of schools of fish to protect against predation||14 July 2016|
|Migratory behaviour of the great spotted cuckoo||08 July 2016|
|Why is it important to be clean?||08 July 2016|
|Urbanization and health in birds||08 July 2016|
|Field work possibility and volunteers March, April, May and June 2017||08 July 2016|
|Tolerance or cooperation?||08 July 2016|
|On the division of labour in a faithful seabird||08 July 2016|
|Heart rate in embryos and adults of the common tern||08 July 2016|