Welcome to
the Behavioural Ecology Group

The Behavioural Ecology Group studies social behaviour and communication. We use social network analysis methods to study social structure and dynamics in species showing fission-fusion characteristics as well as state-of-the-art equipment and methods to study functional aspects of vocal and visual signals and their adaptation to the physical environment.

Most of our studies are made with vertebrates, e.g. our three long term projects with parrots, giraffes and long-tailed macaques. However, we also engage in studies of invertebrates, e.g. fiddler crabs which allow for controlled manipulation of entire, local networks. Our research is basic but also includes aspects of relevance to conservation, e.g. the macaque and parrot projects.