In the Ethology division we study animal behavior mainly based on Tinbergen’s four questions. This means we are interested in:

  • the function and fitness effects of variation in behavior
  • the developmental background to variation in behavior
  • the mechanisms behind variation in behavior
  • the phylogenetic patterns of variation in behavior.

For this, we use an array of techniques spanning across field observations, lab experiments and phylogenetic comparative analyses to study behavior in different taxa.

Research Themes

adaptive colouration
animal personality
brain evolution
collective behaviour
foraging decisions
Photo: John Fitzpatrick
Photo: Christina Hansen Wheat


Division Leader: Niclas Kolm

Director of Studies: Niclas Kolm

Subject Representative: Niclas Kolm