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Research by Kyriacos Kareklas and Colleagues

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The purpose of this website is to present the research and  findings of the author and his colleagues and to provide access to our evidence-based discussions to both other researchers and the broader public.


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Currently with the Integrative Behavioural BIology group at the Gulbenkian Science Institute (IGC), Lisbon - Portugal, work is centered around the neurobiology of social behaviour in zebrafish, exploring primarily the involvement of oxytocin. Previous work and continuing collaboration with the Animal Behaviour and Welfare research group at the School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast (QUB), converges research on four broad topics: individual and collective cognition, sensory mechanisms, animal personality and emotions, and contest behaviour. Research has been mainly carried out in model-species of teleost fish, such as the electrosensing Peters' elephantonose fish, the shoaling zebrafish,  the social guppies and the competitive male Siamese fighting fish, but also in other vertebrates, such as the Eurpean robin. Further collaboration at QUB is maintained with the Animal Communication and Behaviour group, the Ecosystem Biology & Sustainability cluster and the Institute of Global Food Security at QUB, including work on parasite transmission and epedemiology in sheep farming systems.


The author:


Dr. Kyriacos Kareklas

Behaviour and cognition


My work is based on integrative and interdisciplinary research, with an interest in the interaction of animals with their environment and others, focusing on mechanisms and functions of cognition and behaviour, phenotypic plasticity and adaptation. I have worked within and between the fields of ecology, behaviour, cognition, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. I am fascinated by many taxons with past research involving corals, annelids, fish, birds, ungulates and humans.



Collaborators:

Prof. Robert Elwood

Animal behaviour, ecology and evolution

Prof. Rui Oliveira

Neurobiology of social behaviour/ Integrative behavioural biology


Prof. Eric Morgan

Epidemiology of parasitic infections


Dr. Gareth Arnott

Contest behaviour and animal welfare


Dr. Richard Holland

Navigation, spatial cognition and sensory systems

 

Dr. Hansjoerg Kunc

Animal communication and behavioural plasticity


NEWS


UPCOMING:

 

 

ASAB Winter Conference 2019


Dec 5 - Dec 6 2019

 

Zoological Society of London, UK


The social environment as a driver of behavioural plasticity within and between generations



Organisers:

 Samantha Patrick, Niels Dingemanse and Julien Martin



LATER:


International Congress of  Neuroethology


Jul 26 - Jul 31  2020

 

Lisbon, Portugal


 


 

Kyriacos Kareklas, 2018