The past years I have been bridging the fields of behavioural ecology with mechanistic perspectives of collective behaviour research. I have recently started to use these concepts to set up some projects to understand how fish populations deal with environmental change, including field work in the Spanish Pyrenees focused specifically on the role of individual heterogeneity in the context of severe effects of floods and droughts.
I have just returned from York where I have presented some of my ideas at the BES conference Impacts of extreme climatic events on ecosystems. It was a great meeting, with many in-depth group discussions about the effects of climatic events on different ecosystems and it was nice to be able to present and discuss my research plans with the broad diversity of people attending. Good to be back in the UK for a couple days as well!
At the ASAB Summer Conference in Konstanz this year, which was focused on new frontiers in the Study of Animal Behaviour, I gave a half-day workshop about automating behavioural experiments with Raspberry Pi’s.
After a general introduction, I discussed its use in animal behaviour research, how to set up, work with, and remotely control a raspberry pi, how to work with the rpi camera system, and finally how to automate recording, including via my own pirecorder software.
I started working with these amazing machines during my PhD, which where then still quite difficult to set up and quite slow, but now with the newest model for almost the same low price, so much is possible!
It was great to see so many people (120) interested in this great open-source technology for their own work, and many told me soon afterwards they immideately started setting-up their own systems.
Due to the interest and enthusiasm I am planning to give more and more hands-on workshops in the near future. Stay tuned!
After chairing one of the sessions at the ASAB Summer Conference in Konstanz today it was time to give a talk myself. I presented an exciting project that explores the role of Schistocephalus parasite infection on individual movement and social interactions. Using experiments and individual-based modelling we show mechanistically this fascinating parasite strongly impairs mobility, with large cascading effects for animal groups.
The last couple days I have been in Florence for the SEB conference. What a great location to have a conference! Where else can you have pizza for breakfast?
On Tuesday I gave a talk about a mechanistic framework I am developing with Shaun Killen to understand the role of individual heterogeneity in collective behaviour. The sessions this year are all really relevant to me and saw lots of great talks and posters and nice to bump into academic friends from around the world. Too many new project ideas! But I think some nice new collaborations will come from it as well.
Having a great week so far at the ISBE conference in Exeter this year. Really great collection of talks and nice to see a lot of colleagues and friends again. Today I gave a presentation about my recent work on personality differences and collective behaviour in sticklebacks. ∞
Today I gave a talk at the yearly SEB conference held in Brighton this year. My talk was part of a great session organised by Shaun Killen on individual differences in collective behaviour. ∞
I spent three days visiting Iain Couzin and his new Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute, Konstanz, which today culminated in a symposium on collective behaviour at which I gave a talk on personality and collective behaviour. What an amazing place and such a great day! ∞
Yesterday I presented my latest research on the role of personality differences in leadership and collective movement with three-spined sticklebacks at the annual Clareity Symposium, Clare College, Cambridge. ∞
I presented a poster at the yearly ASAB Winter meeting about my new paper on the link between sociability and boldness on leadership and group coordination in sticklebacks. You can see the poster on figshare ∞
My article on Clareity and the Clareity symposium in the autumn edition of Clare News
With the start of the new academic year 2014-2015, my role as Graduate Research officer of the Graduate committee of Clare College (and Clareity President) has ended. It was a wonderful and diverse year. Next to organising a series of evening seminars where Clare graduates present their work and discuss topics in the humanities or natural sciences, and a full-day research symposium, I set-up a new umbrella organisation with the aim to increase the interdisciplinary discussion at Clare.
I gave a talk at the fantastic ISBE Conference in New York this year, entitled Effects of heterogeneity on collective behaviour. My presentation focused on the role of the boldness and sociability personality traits on the collective movements, coordination, and leadership in pairs and small groups of three-spined sticklebacks. A pdf of the talk can be found here (link removed). ∞
I was invited to give a talk about my work on animal personality and social behaviour on three-spined sticklebacks at the yearly ENP meeting in Lunteren, the Netherlands: Sociality and the role of personality in sticklebacks: relevant insights from a behavioural ecological perspective ∞
Today I presented research I have recently conducted on sticklebacks to investigate the link between animal personality and leadership at the Ecology & Behaviour Conference in Montpellier: Leadership and collective behaviour in sticklebacks ∞
This year I presented my work on social attraction and boldness on sticklebacks at the Easter ASAB conference in Sheffield and won the prize for Best Poster (£100)!. You can see the full poster by clicking on the image below:
This year I organised the “Clareity research Symposium”! It was a splendid day with a great variety of talks, ranging from conservation and quantum physics, politics and art, to history and medicine with a plenary by Professor Nicky Clayton. Read more about it here. ∞
I gave a talk at the international Behaviour Conference in Newcastle this year, entitled Role of previous social experience on leader and follower behaviour in sticklebacks ∞
This year at the annual ASAB Easter Conference I won the prize for “Best question” ∞
I presented a poster at the ASAB Conference “Heterogeneous structure in mixed-species corvid flocks in flight“, held at the University of Lincoln. ∞
I gave a talk at the Clare Research Symposium: Social factors and animal personality affect social foraging tactics in rooks, at Clare College, Cambridge ∞