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

Anna Favati. 2017. The relationship between personality and social dominance in the domestic fowl – a critical perspective. Doctoral thesis. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Olof Leimar. 2017. Directional associational plant defense from Red deer (Cervus elaphus) foraging decisions. Ecosphere 8.

Nikolaus Huber, Sebastian G Vetter, Alina L Evans, Petter Kjellander, Susanne Küker, Ulrika A Bergvall, Jon M Arnemo. 2017. Quantifying capture stress in free ranging European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). BMC Veterinary Research 13.

Ulrika A Bergvall, Olof Leimar. 2017. Directional associational plant defense from Red deer (Cervus elaphus) foraging decisions. ECOSPHERE 8.

O. Borg, M. Wille, P. Kjellander, Ulrika A. Bergvall, P.-E. Lindgren, J. Chirico, Å. Lundkvist. 2017. Expansion of spatial and host range of Puumala virus in Sweden - an increasing threat for humans? Epidemiology and Infection 145: 1642-1648.

Sandra Stålhandske, Karl Gotthard, Olof Leimar. 2017. Winter chilling speeds spring development of temperate butterflies. Journal of Animal Ecology.