Anushika with her daughter in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW, Australia

Anushika Herath: Animal personality drives individual dietary specialisation across multiple dimensions in a mammalian herbivore

In this new post, Anushika. P.H.M. Herath, a post-doctoral research associate from The University of Sydney presents her work on the influence of animal personality of individual diet specialisation and the describes her experience working with Australian native fauna. About the paper Within a species, individuals vary in numerous traits including their sex, personality, and physiology. These traits affect how individuals interact with the environment … Continue reading Anushika Herath: Animal personality drives individual dietary specialisation across multiple dimensions in a mammalian herbivore

Félicie Dhellemmes floating in a shark bucket holding the last datasheet for the year

Félicie Dhellemmes: Bridging the gap between animal personality and individual foraging specialisation

In this month’s cover image story, we delve into the lives of juvenile lemon sharks in Bimini Research Station with Félicie Dhellemmes and learn about the complexity of animal personality and behaviour The concepts of animal personality and individual foraging specialisation describe two seemingly related phenomenon: The fact that individuals within populations consistently differ in their behaviour (for the former) and in their foraging habits … Continue reading Félicie Dhellemmes: Bridging the gap between animal personality and individual foraging specialisation

Bawan Amin in the field with a telescope tracked on fallow deer

Bawan Amin: individual personality is evident from just a few weeks old

Bawan Amin, son of Kurdish freedom fighters talks about his latest publication in Functional Ecology “In utero accumulated steroids predict neonate anti-predator response in a wild mammal” as well the importance of asylum, family, and being able to pursue your passions. At the time of writing, I am about to start the final year of his PhD-research at University College Dublin, Ireland. Supervised by Dr. … Continue reading Bawan Amin: individual personality is evident from just a few weeks old

Lead author (left) setting up a speaker tripod for whitewater river noise playback.

Dylan Gomes: How the acoustic environment shapes spider abundance and behaviour

Dylan Gomes, a Ph.D. candidate at Boise State University, explains to us how the sounds of water affect spider abundance and behaviour in the recently accepted article, “Phantom river noise alters orb-weaving spider abundance, web size, and prey capture”, and discusses the need for more acoustic research in the field of ecology. What’s your paper about? Our paper highlights the importance of the natural acoustic … Continue reading Dylan Gomes: How the acoustic environment shapes spider abundance and behaviour

Brian Gerber: Sage grouse and site-fidelity: moving beyond the win-stay:lose-switch rule.

Dr. Brian D. Gerber is an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island in the department of Natural Resources Science (Lab Website, Google Scholar, ResearchGate). He focuses on understanding behavioral, population, and community ecology to conserve and manage wild animals. In this insight, Dr. Gerber discusses the background of the paper, “Extreme site fidelity as an optimal strategy in an unpredictable and homogeneous environment” … Continue reading Brian Gerber: Sage grouse and site-fidelity: moving beyond the win-stay:lose-switch rule.