Project properties

Title Social Behaviour: Does duck feeding change the social behaviour of coots in winter?
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 12 or 24-36
Supervisor(s) Lysanne Snijders (WUR-BHE), Sven Teurlincx (NIOO-KNAW)
Examiner(s) Lysanne Snijders
Contact info
Begin date 2022/11/01
End date 2024/04/01
Description One element of urbanization is providing wild animals with supplemental food. Feeding ducks is a prime example and happens on a massive scale. What consequences does this extra influx of resources have on animal behaviour. Do waterbirds become more aggressive and less social now they have a valuable location to defend and are less dependent on each other to find food in the winter? We would like to study this question in coots in the Netherlands. This will be a collaborative project between the WUR and the NIOO-KNAW.
Used skills Field observations, social analysis
Requirements Enthusiasm to spend time outside, also in colder temperatures.