I am looking for Honours students that are enthusiastic about research in Animal Behaviour, and who are keen to join my new lab at the University of Adelaide.
I study animal behaviour in an ecological and evolutionary framework, and I am particularly interested in:
- what drives the emergence of spatial and social structure in populations;
- how animals interact with their physical and social environment; and
- what the consequences are for health and fitness.
I am offering two Honours projects, but feel free to contact me with your own ideas if they fit in my general research interests.
1) HOW DO ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS INFLUENCE SHEEP MOVEMENT, SPACE USE AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR?
The environment fundamentally influences animal behaviour. Merinos, like all mobile animals, move through the environment to fulfil their basic resource requirements, such as to forage or seek shelter. This project will compare movement, space use and the typical sheep social network structure between different environmental conditions. details ⇒
2) DO SHEEP HANG OUT WITH OTHER SHEEP WHO HAVE SIMILAR PERSONALITIES?
Animal behavioural types or personalities are consistent behavioural tendencies, for example being bold or shy. This project will determine whether sheep preferably associate with other individuals that are similar in their behavioural type, and whether this results in an assortative social network structure. details ⇒