Titleimage: Behavioural Ecology

In the Division of Behavioural Ecology, we study the evolutionary mechanisms that shape animal behaviour in an ecologically relevant context. Specific research topics include parental decision making, cooperative breeding, parental effects and the development of social behaviour, evolution of complex sociality and cooperation, alternative reproductive tactics, communication networks, cognition, animal personality, and life history strategies. As model systems we currently use Neotropical poison frogs, Cichlid fishes of Lake Tanganyika, Tokay geckos, wild-type Norway rats and ambrosia beetles. We study these animals in the lab as well as in their natural habitat, by combining a diverse set of methodological approaches, including behavioural experiments, ecological manipulations, theoretical modelling, video monitoring, molecular parentage and kinship analyses, gene expression studies, endocrinological manipulations, GIS analyses, and automation of cognitive test designs.




Anyelet and Marina win the first price with their highly entertaining presentation about our glassfrog reasearch project at the BiologyDay21


Successful PhD defensio by Diogo Antunes

Diogo successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Life-long developmental effects of the early environment in a cooperatively breeding fish" on 2nd Dec 2020. Congratulations for this great achievement!


New SNSF project

New research project on the reproductive ecology of glassfrogs was just funded by the SNSF! We will study three species of glassfrogs with different mating and parental care systems regarding their space use, communication strategies, and cognition.


New Head of Division

Eva Ringler takes over the Behavioural Ecology Division from Michael Taborsky. Thanks to the warm welcome of the entire Hasli team! Very looking forward to exciting times to come!



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