Behaviour Ecology, University

Conservation practice meets Behavioural Ecology – Chimp practical, measuring behaviour and compiling ethograms!

As a component of my Conservation Practice module, we began (much to my fulfilment) learning about the importance of, and the roles, of animal behaviour in conservation. It's been a joy to combine my two passions! Therefore, in order to carry out our own study and to gain a further insight into the area, we… Continue reading Conservation practice meets Behavioural Ecology – Chimp practical, measuring behaviour and compiling ethograms!

Behaviour Ecology, University

Behavioural Ecology – Oystercatcher practical and measuring vigilance

A component of my second year Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) was carrying out an Oystercatcher practical in order to learn more about, and measure, vigilance. Vigilance: The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties Prior to the practical experiment, we learned about vigilance during a lecture. And, evidently, vigilance can easily… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Oystercatcher practical and measuring vigilance

Behaviour Ecology, University

Behavioural Ecology – Habituation and morphology in the green shore crab

In a component of my Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) we began learning about habituation, one of my favourite subject areas, which we were then able to study through a practical experiment using green shore crabs obtained from The Menai Straits, North Wales. Habituation: Diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus. The experiment:… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Habituation and morphology in the green shore crab