Profile of the group - Behavioural Biology
We bring together the study of proximate mechanisms (development and learning processes) with that of ultimate processes (adaptation and evolution). We generate and explore novel ideas about the evolution of behaviour and about the role of behaviour in evolutionary processes. Acoustic and visual signals, in particular those of birds, fish, frogs, but also humans and other animals, are important model systems in our research. We cover a wide range of subdisciplines: from biolinguistics and animal cognition to animal ecology and conservation. We also study the impact of environmental sound from natural and anthropogenic sources on animal signals and well-being. Our group consists of researchers of several different nationalities and provides a lively and stimulating research environment.