Very broadly, my research centers on understanding the causes and consequences of behavioural variation. Why do individuals from the same population often show consistent differences in their average behaviour, why are some individuals more behaviourally plastic than others, and does it matter (i.e. does this variation have fitness consequences for the organism)?
I work with a variety of study systems and use a multidisciplinary approach to address these questions, combining theoretical and empirical studies (both lab and field), and applying theory and methods from behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology and quantitative genetics.
Covers specialized topics of current interest to graduate students in Biological Sciences. Consult the Department for details about current offerings. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.Fall Term 2020
Animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective, with emphasis on social behavior. The material is intended to complement that of ZOOL 370. Prerequisite: BIOL 208Fall Term 2020