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

Prof. Richard Holland

Navigation, spatial cognition and sensory systems


Dr. Hansjoerg Kunc

Animal communication and behavioural plasticity

Dr. Gareth Arnott

Contest behaviour and animal welfare



The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Virtual Winter Conference

Thu, 3 -  Fri, 4 Dec 2020 


The 16th Portuguese Meeting of Evolutionary Biology

[Encontro Nacional de Biologia Evolutiva]


Wed, 16 -  Thu, 17 Dec 2020



The First Global Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference

Tue, 26 - Wed, 27 Jan 2021 



Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII

Virtual UFAW Conference 

Tue, 29 - Wed, 30 June 2021



International Congress of  Neuroethology

Summer 2022


Lisbon, Portugal



Kyriacos Kareklas, 2020