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Cat personality and anticipatory behaviour
For a current project into cat personality and anticipatory behaviour we are looking for students to help at various aspects of this project. Your role can be assisting with behaviour tests, setting up your own (side) projects wit ...
Supervisor: Bonne Beerda, Jori Noordenbos
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Social Behaviour: Video-tracking guppies in the wild
How do fish move around in the wild? Who do they meet and how often? For our long-term project on social foraging in guppies, we aim to video-record and so track guppies in pools in the wild using GoPro's. However, there are some  ...
Supervisor: Lysanne Snijders
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
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
 
Reproductive strategies in a changing world
On top of rising temperatures, contemporary climate change is increasing the variability of weather patterns as well as the frequency, duration and severity of extreme events. A critical consequence of these changing patterns is f ...
Supervisor: Gretchen Wagner
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
The evolution of reproductive flexibility in birds
Studies of life-history evolution have historically focused on the variation in mean values of traits, and regularly assume fixed reproductive values within species. However, the extent to which individuals can flexibly respond to ...
Supervisor: Gretchen Wagner
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Conservation Behaviour: Effectiveness of animal conditioning interventions in mitigating Human-Wildlife conflicts (meta-analysis)
We did a comprehensive search for publications potentially containing evidence on the effectiveness of animal conditioning interventions in reducing Human-wildlife conflicts. The next steps are to extract metadata and to conduct a ...
Supervisor: Lysanne Snijders
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Social Behaviour: Do more social fish always get more food? (video-analysis)
BSc/MSc: How do populations that live under various selective forces differ in social information use? We have collected social data and videos on foraging behaviour of six different guppy (Poecilia reticulata) populations to answ ...
Supervisor: Lysanne Snijders
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Animal cognition: Mate choice for cognition- Do females fall for clever males? Laboratory based experimental work.
Being intelligent has many advantages. For a female guppy this means higher chances of survival under predator pressure, better ability to adapt to a changing environment, making more correct mate choices and generally learning fa ...
Supervisor: S�verine Kotrschal
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Animal cognition: Testing for theory of mind in fish. Laboratory based experimental work.
Fish are known to learn socially and copy the behaviour of conspecifics especially in a mate choice and foraging context. But are they also capable to assess the cognitive skills of another individual and adjust their copying or s ...
Supervisor: S�verine Kotrschal
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Costs and benefits of family-living in black wheatears – Autumn fieldwork in Spain
Black wheatears are a passerine bird that live in the Iberian peninsula and northern Africa. While most of the offspring disperse from the parental territory when they reach independence, some juveniles from each family delay disp ...
Supervisor: Gretchen Wagner
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
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