Ethology

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Ethology

In the Ethology division we study animal behavior mainly based on Tinbergen’s four questions. This means we are interested in i) the function and fitness effects of variation in behavior, ii) the developmental background to variation in behavior, iii) the mechanisms behind variation in behavior and iv) the phylogenetic patterns of variation in behavior. For this, we use an array of techniques spanning across field observations, lab experiments and phylogenetic comparative analyses to study behavior in different taxa.

Foraging decisions

Animal personality

Fish brain. Photo: Alex Kotraschal.

Brain evolution

Willow warbler. Photo: Johanna Hedlund.

Climate Change and Behaviour

Collective Behaviour

Eldlus

Adaptive colouration

Cognition

Dogfish shark

Sexual Selection

Social Behaviour

Our latest publications

James E. Herbert-Read, Louise Kremer, Rick Bruintjes, Andrew N. Radford, Christos C. Ioannou. 2017. Anthropogenic noise pollution from pile-driving disrupts the structure and dynamics of fish shoals. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 284.

Josefina Zidar, Alexandra Balogh, Anna Favati, Per Jensen, Olof Leimar, Hanne Løvlie. 2017. A comparison of animal personality and coping styles in the red junglefowl. Animal Behaviour 130: 209-220.

James E. Herbert-Read, Emil Rosén, Alex Szorkovszky, Christos C. Ioannou, Björn Rogell, Andrea Perna, Indar W. Ramnarine, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm, Jens Krause, David J. T. Sumpter. 2017. How predation shapes the social interaction rules of shoaling fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 284.

Ashley J. W. Ward, Timothy M. Schaerf, James E. Herbert-Read, Lesley Morrell, David J. T. Sumpter, Mike M. Webster. 2017. Local interactions and global properties of wild, free-ranging stickleback shoals. Royal Society Open Science 4.

Philipp Lehmann, Wouter Van der Bijl, Sören Nylin, Christopher W. Wheat, Karl Gotthard. 2017. Timing of diapause termination in relation to variation in winter climate. Physiological entomology (Print) 42: 232-238.

J. Krause, James E. Herbert-Read, F. Seebacher, P. Domenici, Alexander D. M. Wilson, S. Marras, M. B. S. Svendsen, D. Strömbom, J. F. Steffensen, S. Krause, P. E. Viblanc, P. Couillaud, P. Bach, P. S. Sabarros, P. Zaslansky, R. H. J. M. Kurvers. 2017. Injury-mediated decrease in locomotor performance increases predation risk in schooling fish. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B, Biological Sciences 372.