Animal Physiology, Behaviour and Conservation

Academic and research staff are actively involved in the following areas:

  • Physiological adjustments of aquatic organisms to environmental change (temperature, oxygen levels, salinity and ocean acidification), and associated energetic costs.
  • Environmental modulation of growth and protein turnover.
  • Morphological and physiological adaptations that underlie inter- and intra-specific differences in animal locomotor abilities.
  • Energetic costs involved in different behaviours, especially flight.
  • Use of miniature archival data loggers to measure GPS position, heart rate and accelerometry in free-ranging animals.
  • Neuroendocrinology and neurogenetics of crustacean ecdysis.
  • Understanding variation in prey behaviour in response to predation risk and environmental change.
  • Invasive species control, conservation policy, antipredator behaviour, territoriality and prey preferences
  • Behavioural ecology of threatened species
  • The cognitive processes and sensory mechanisms by which animals navigate and migrate