Project properties

Title Snakes and Birds: using citizen science data to understand the relationship between these two taxa
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Filipe Cunha
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info filipe.cunha@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/09/07
End date 2022/09/30
Description Citizen science platforms are an important source of information in contemporary times. Although not free of biases and errors, the sheer volume of information available on those online platforms in which nature enthusiasts share their sights is impressive and allows scientists to answer important questions on a macro scale. In this project, you will revise a(some) citizen science platform(s) to search for sights of birds and snakes interacting. Those interactions vary from mobbing to predation events. The goal of this project is to understand, among other things, which snake species predate which species of birds. And how those bird species have evolved anti-predatory strategies against snakes.

*Knowledge in Portuguese and Spanish is a plus in this project.
**We have a preliminary dataset with over 500 records so far. So you can have a head start!
Used skills R, literature search/review, writing, statistical analyses,
Requirements BHE20303 BHE50306 OR BHE30306
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