Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Research Group

Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Reserach Group

The main research areas of the Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Research Group include mechanisms of biological evolution in animal species of different taxonomical groups as tree-dwelling bats, song birds, bush-crickets and spiders. In particular, adaptations of organisms, life strategies, reproductive behaviour, colonisation histories, establishment and survival of populations in new habitats and impact of forest fragmentation on distributional patterns, genetic structure and phenotypic variation are studied. Results of this observational or experimental research that is based in the field or in the laboratory are applied in biodiversity conservation and management of species of European importance

Research area

  • swarming behaviour of tree-dwelling bats
  • sexual conflict in nuptial gift-giving bush-crickets
  • habitat use of endangered species
  • host-parasite co-evolution in spiders

Objectives

  • to search and understand behaviour of species in complex and changing environment of forest ecosystems for solving complex tasks
  • to study algorithms responsible for maintaining group cohesion of social animals with higher cognitive abilities
  • to study mechanisms for optimal mating strategy in systems with antagonistic co-evolution between the sexes
  • to understand evolutionary adaptations with a potential in development of bio-inspired computational tools

Current projects

SkyBat

EvolMate

Head of the group

Peter Kaňuch

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