Areas of Expertise
- Behavioural Endocrinolgy
- Reproductive Physiology
- Stress Physiology
- Non-invasive Hormone Analysis
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Personality
Individuals within the same species or populations often behave in consistently different ways ¿ they show personality. But why? This course gives an overview about the current state of research in the field of animal personality, including both vertebrates and invertebrates. We will integrate proximate and ultimate aspects, i.e. we will look at evolutionary and developmental processes as well as proximate mechanisms. During a practical session, we will conduct basic personality experiments and will learn statistical techniques to assess animal personalities.This course will suit students who enjoy interactive teaching, e.g. discussions, group activities etc.
This course focusses on endocrine physiology and hormonal mechanisms of behaviour in vertebrates. We begin with an overview of the endocrine system and hormones. We then study reproductive physiology and investigate the concept of homeostasis and energy balance, and explore the physiology of stress. We also study biological rhythms and the hormonal underpinnings of parental care and learning and memory. Finally, we focus on non-invasive methods in endocrinology and their application in the field and laboratory. To strengthen understanding of stress endocrinology, we explore a real data set during a practical session.
The student will carry out an independent piece of research in Biosciences under the guidance of academic staff in one or more of our Research Pathways: 1) Behavioural and Movement Ecology; 2) Evolutionary and Molecular Biology; 3) Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture; 4) Mathematical and Statistical Ecology; 5) Population and Community Ecology 6) Whole Organism Biology; 7) Wildlife Diseases and Pest Control. The research project will be undertaken during terms 2 and 3, and the student will produce a written dissertation (thesis). The thesis will be written in a format suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.
Animal groups frequently exhibit complex and coordinated behaviours that result from social interactions among individuals. Research in collective animal behaviour attempts to understand the causes, patterns and consequences of these behaviours. This module will showcase the latest developments in the field of collective animal behaviour, first describing the fundamental processes that lead to collective behaviour. We will then working through empirical examples - from insects, fish, birds and mammals (including humans) to elucidate the fundamental principles that underlie collective behaviour across levels of biological organization.
2016 - Present
2016 - Present
2017 - Present