My research focuses on animal tracking, and I ask fundamental questions about the emergence and consequences of spatial and social structure in animal populations. My questions sit at the interface of three exciting and growing research areas, and specifically address the complex interconnection between them:
1) Animal social networks. Which factors drive animal social structure, and collective behaviour, and what are the consequences for health and fitness?
2) Movement ecology. Social structure can emerge as a consequence of animal movement and space use. I investigate how movement decisions at the individual and group level affect the probability of interacting with other conspecifics and how this ultimately leads to the emergence of social structure.
3) Disease ecology. How do spatial and social interactions predict pathogen transmission through populations?
My current research uses lizards and mammals to investigate those research themes. You can find out more details on my research page.
I am funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship.
Contact me stephan.leu[at]mq.edu.au
Department of Biological Sciences