We integrate behavioural, ecological and physiological and molecular factors to understand behaviour at all four Tinbergian levels (ultimate and proximate functions, development and evolutionary history). The focus is on social complexity, cooperation, communication, seasonal aspects in relation to reproduction and stress. Our research features a range of approaches from field studies to experimental setups under semi-natural conditions and lab experiments. Model organisms and animal partners in research are fish, birds, and mammals including rodents, wolves, dogs, primates and humans. In the department’s endocrine lab we analyze hormones from plasma and non-invasive sources.
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