Research by Kyriacos Kareklas and Colleagues

The website:

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 for both other researchers and the broader public.

The locations:

Currently at the Integrative Behavioural BIology group, Gulbenkian Science Institute (IGC) - Portugal, our 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.


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




International Congress of  Neuroethology

Jul 26 - Jul 31  2020


Lisbon, Portugal



Kyriacos Kareklas, 2018