My main interests lie in Behavioural Ecology. Specifically, I am interesting in the evolution of cooperative breeding and the impact of anthropogenic (man-made) noise on behaviour and physiology. Many factors could influence animal behaviour and recently, it has been shown that anthropogenic noise is becoming more a more important presence throughout the world, including the underwater world. Having worked for over five year with cooperatively breeding fish, this led us to speculate about the impact of underwater noise on cooperative behaviour. Together with the lab of Dr. Andy Radford, I am currently examining questions concerning the impact of noise on helping behaviour, fry development and oxygen consumption.
As model species I use the tropical cooperatively breeding fish Neolamprologus pulcher aka "the princess of Burundi" and European eels (Anguilla anguilla).
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