Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural Endocrinolgy
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Non-invasive Hormone Analysis
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Personality

Publications

  1. de la O, C., Fürtbauer, I., King, A., Valenzuela-Galván, D., Fuertbauer, I. A resident-nepotistic-tolerant dominance style in wild white-nosed coatis (Nasua narica)? Behaviour 1 42
  2. Fürtbauer, I., Solman, C., Fry, A., Fuertbauer, I. Sheep wool cortisol as a retrospective measure of long-term HPA axis activity and its links to body mass Domestic Animal Endocrinology 68 39 46
  3. Fürtbauer, I., Fry, A., Fuertbauer, I. Social conformity in solitary crabs, Carcinus maenas , is driven by individual differences in behavioural plasticity Animal Behaviour 135 131 137
  4. King, A., Fürtbauer, I., Fuertbauer, I. Social Networks (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Primatology 7
  5. King, A., Fürtbauer, I., Fuertbauer, I. Collective Decision Making (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Primatology 5

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Teaching

  • BIO344 Hormones and Behaviour

    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.

  • BIO355 Animal behaviour - from individuals to groups

    The module will showcase the latest developments in the field of animal behaviour, first describing how and why individuals within the same species or populations often behave in consistently different ways (i.e. show personality). Second, we will explain how individual variation in behaviour can shape patterns of behaviour shown by groups of animals (i.e. collective behaviour). Throughout the module, we will use recent research as examples ¿ on insects, fish, birds and mammals (including humans) ¿ to enable students to understand key concepts and then directly apply this knowledge during research-led practical sessions involving sweets, insects, and crustaceans. The module adopts an inclusive and integrated teaching style and will suit students who enjoy interactive teaching (e.g. discussion, group activities). The module is 20% Coursework (reports based on practical work) and 80% Exam (essay-based questions).

  • BIOM64 MRes Research Project (Biosciences)

    Students conduct independent research in Biosciences under the guidance of academic staff in one or more of our Research Themes: - MARINE AND FRESHWATER SYSTEMS - BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION - BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS - NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES Students produce a written dissertation (thesis) based on their research. The thesis will be written in a scientific style suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.

Supervision

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  • Personality of dogs and their owners and links to physiological stress levels (current)

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  • Intra and inter-specific cortisol coregulation (current)

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  • The behavioural and physiological flexibility of wild baboons in response to environmental change (current)

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  • Endocrine and behavioural plasticity in vertebrates (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Primate socioendocrinology revisited: new tools to tackle old questions (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Tracking and analysis of movement at different scales: from endosomes to humans (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • Intra-individual variation in sheep wool cortisol. (awarded 2019)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Collective behaviour: from cells to humans (awarded 2019)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • 'Individual consistency and temporal dynamics in sheep (Ovis aries) movement and social networks' (awarded 2018)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • 'Rules of interaction, not votes, govern group navigational decision making in a terrestrial ungulate (Capra aegagrus hircus).' (awarded 2017)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King

Administrative Responsibilities

  • PGR Degrees Admissions Tutor - Biosciences

    2016 - Present

  • Ethics Committee (Member) - Biosciences

    2016 - Present

  • Co-Founder / Co-Director - University of Cape Town & Swansea University PhD Programme

    2017 - Present

  • Deputy MRes Biosciences Director - Biosciences

    2017 - Present