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School of Biological Sciences

Queen's University Belfast

Our group is based in the Ecosystems Biology and Sustainability (EBS) research cluster in the School of Biological Sciences at QUB. In addition to animal behaviour, research in the EBS cluster covers a diverse range of interests including ecology, molecular ecology, conservation, aquaculture, molecular and morphological systematics and environmental economics.

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Dr Domhnall Jennings

I joined ASAB as an undergraduate student and I am currently a member of ASAB council where I am Secretary to the Ethical Committee. I have also served as an editor on the societies journal, Animal Behaviour.  As a consequence when the opportunity to host an ASAB conference arose, I jumped at it. My research currently focusses on dyadic and triadic contest behaviour, maternal investment, parent-offspring conflict and juvenile play behaviour. 

Dr Isabella Capellini

I joined ASAB when I was a PhD student. My research interests focus on understanding how diversity in behaviour, morphology and physiology evolved primarily using large scale phylogenetic comparative methods. My current research in animal behaviour investigates questions on the evolutionary origin and maintenance of different parental care behaviours in mammals and amphibians, in relation to social and ecological drivers and life history strategies. Recently I have started to investigate how and why sleep time varies between individuals in wild mammals using state of the art biologgers in collaboration with colleagues at the Universities of Swansea, Prague and UCD.

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Dr Gareth Arnott

I currently serve as an Editor for Animal Behaviour and I am a member of the coordinating group of the Animal Welfare Research Network. My research interests include animal contest behaviour to study information gathering and decision making strategies. I study aggression from both fundamental and applied aspects, with the latter research focussed on improving animal welfare. Other research interests include examining the effects of anthropogenic changes on animal behaviour, and developing approaches to study animal emotion using a range of species including hermit crabs, fish, as well as companion and farm animals.

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Dr Hansjoerg Kunc

My research is driven by my interest in wildlife, particularly at the interface between behaviour and conservation. Most of my current research focuses on the effects of human induced environmental changes on animals, and how species differ in their ability to adapt to these changes. We work on various species in the lab and in the wild, and more recently we started to synthesize results by using phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis [google scholar].  

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Dr Natasha McGowan

My research interest is centred about how physiology, disease and behaviour are interlinked and can be used to inform mammal conservation efforts. I have a particular interest in investigating the utility of remote sensing technologies, such as accelerometers and GPS, in monitoring the movement and behaviour of species of conservation or policy-making importance. My research also aims to determine the associations between behavioural changes, internal physiology (e.g. body temperature) and the external environment (e.g. ambient temperature). 

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