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From tails to snails: my tropical perspective on animal behaviour and ecology

Last update: : Tuesday 4 July 2017, by Nicolas Busser

Par : Tasmin Rymer, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Date : jeudi 24 juillet 2017 de 13h30 à 15h
Lieu : IPHC, Amphithéâtre Grünewald, bâtiment 25

Currently, 50% of the global population and 80% of the world’s biodiversity occur in the Tropics. Consequently, tropical communities face some of the most important global challenges of the 21st century. While many ecosystems face increasing threats from anthropogenic activity, tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef are increasingly being negatively affected. Surprisingly, little is known about the behaviour of most of Australia’s tropical mammals. The primary focus of my research lies in understanding the behaviour of fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes, particularly the relationship between environmental complexity, physiology, personality and cognition. However, other projects on different species have also provided interesting insights in these relationships. And, just for something completely different, I have also developed a new, somewhat unexpected, appreciation for marine gastropods.