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Identifying horse-directed parenting styles
Parenting styles are known to impact on behavioural development in children and recently we identified dog-directed parenting styles. Next we want to find out if parenting styles exist also in the owner – horse relationships. This ...
Supervisor: Bonne Beerda, Lydia Nieuwe Weme
Department: Behavioural Ecology
URGENT - Trinidad - field work in the Caribbean
Predation is a ubiquitous part of nature, shaping the life history, morphology and behaviour of prey. This is particularly well studied in guppies, where the presence of predators leads to a suite of changes for higher fecundity,  ...
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Cognition in parrots at Loropark Tenerife
This project is a cooperation with the Max Planck Institiute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany and the Loropark on Tenerife. The Loropark has a cognition lab 'in which research on avian cognition using a range of parrot specie ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Use of sheep in nature conservation
In this project, we are cooperating with s local Sheppard (http://grebbeveld.nl), who is keeping sheep in nature conservation areas around Wageningen that require control of vegetation growth (mainly grass, tree seedlings and shru ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Vigilance in geese flocks along the Rhine
One benefit of group living is safety and reduced predation pressure risk. Group living animals often show vigilance behaviour, by scanning the environment, and such vigilance is traded off with other activities such as foraging.  ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib and Sjouke Kingma
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Missing the big picture: how cognitive processes influence emotions in dogs
Animals suffer when they are in a negative emotional state. However, measuring emotions in animals is difficult because they cannot tell us how they feel. Developing better ways to assess animal emotions could help us to improve m ...
Supervisor: Else Verbeek, Bonne Beerda
Department: Behavioural Ecology
NEW: Wetland bird behaviour and community structure along the Nile in Egypt
The wetlands along the Nile provide a prime case to study human-wildlife conflicts and human settlements and bird habitats are confined to the small linear habitat along the Nile. The thesis will be embedded in large interdiscipli ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib & Fred de Boer (WEC)
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Male song and female behaviour in the great tit (Parus major)
Male song is a sexually selected trait and linked to male quality. However, female behaviour, especially the timing when she leaves the nestbox in the morning, might affect how long a male keeps singing at dawn. Besides this, male ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib

Department: Behavioural Ecology
Male song and parental care in the great tit (Parus major)
Male song is a sexually selected trait and linked to male quality. Besides signalling a male’s genetic quality, it may also signal to what extend a male is prepared to look after his offspring and important fitness factor also for ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
Neighbourhood effects on singing activity in the great tit (Parus major)
Individuals affect each other in a social network. Yet, the effects individuals have on each other when signalling in a network is not well understood in animal societies. In birds, the decision whether a male sings on a given mor ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
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