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Life history of birds: a comparative study on reproductive behaviours
Comparative studies allow broad-scale inferences about how certain traits or behaviours evolve. Using a data-base and data from handbooks, there is a great opportunity to look at, for example, what explains variation in egg size,  ...
Supervisor: Sjouke Kingma
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Comparative study of avian behaviours and traits (BSc thesis)
Comparative studies allow broad-scale inferences about how certain traits or behaviours evolve. Using a data-base and data from handbooks, there is a great opportunity to look at, for example, what explains variation in egg size,  ...
Supervisor: Sjouke Kingma
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Fieldstudy on birds in Africa: cooperation, family conflict, altruism and/or brood parasitism
Several MSc research projects are available in our ‘Social savanna’ research project. We study the behaviour and physiology of a range of different bird species (speckled mousebirds, arrow-marked babblers, white-crested helmet-shr ...
Supervisor: Sjouke Kingma, Kat Bebbington
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
What a fish knows - how smart are they really? Lab study
We have a fancy new fish laboratory in which we investgate the cognitive abilities of fishes. We mostly work with guppies but are flexible. There are so many options - please get in touch to find out what interests you most. Cl ...
Supervisor: Alexander Kotrschal
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
What a fish knows - cognition in the wild! Field study
We do regular field trips to tropical places to studz the cognitive abilities of fishes in the wild. Specifically we study: - the factors driving cognitive evolution in guppies, for which we go to Trinidad - individual differen ...
Supervisor: Alexander Kotrschal
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Animal cognition: Does being clever in one task mean being a genius generally? Project based on existing data
Cognition includes many different aspects, ranging from basic traits like attention and perception to more complex skills like insight and theory of mind that are traditionally associated with a few large brained species such as p ...
Supervisor: S�verine Kotrschal
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Animal Migration / Conservation Behaviour: Stork migration, human disturbance and stop over sites along the Nile in Egypt
Storks migrate annually from their northern breeding grounds to the Subsahara, across arid land and land with high human disturbance in Northern Africa. Here we will use online data from GPS tracked storks to determine their migra ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib, Sjouke Kingma, Khaled el Noby, Anouschka Hof (WEC)
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Social Behaviour: Friend or foe? Foraging facilitation between killifish and guppies (video-analysis)
Killifish and guppies are often competitors when it comes to food. They may also eat the young of the other. But when confronted with a novel situation they may also rely on each others behaviour as a cue of safety. In this projec ...
Supervisor: Lysanne Snijders
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Understanding nest parasitism: Shiny cowbird (fieldwork in Brazil)
In this project we explore some interesting questions on nest parasitism investigating the behaviour of Molothrus bonariensis and its hosts. The filedwork is in Brazil in Florestal, Minas Gerais, fieldwork can be conducted from Au ...
Supervisor: Filipe Cunha
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Cooperation, dispersal, and climate adaptation in Australian fairy-wrens
MSc thesis projects are available to study purple-crowned fairy-wrens in the Kimberley, Australia. Project topics can include cooperative breeding, dispersal, parental care, brood parasitism, and climate change, but are not limite ...
Supervisor: Niki Teunissen
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
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