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Second Annual Carmody Lecture – Dr. Andrew Sih

September 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Location:101 Azrieli Theatre
Key Contact:Andrew Simons
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 ext. 3869

George R Caarmody Lecture

Behavioral syndromes: Implications for ssexcual selection, ecological invasions and host-parasite dynamics

Dr. Andrew Sih
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California at Davis

Abstract: The past decade has seen an explosion of interest in consistent differences among individuals within species in behavioral type (BT); e.g., in boldness, aggressiveness or sociability. In particular, numerous studies have quantified behavioral syndromes, behavioral correlations across contexts; e.g., a positive correlation between boldness when predators are present and aggressiveness with competitors. Here, I present results of recent work in my lab on three frontiers in the study of these behavioral syndromes: 1) how individual differences in male behavioral tendencies (his BT, and his social skill) interact with his social environment to influence variation in mating success; 2) how BT-dependent ecological performance and dispersal might play an important role in ecological invasions; and 3) how behavioral syndromes affect parasite loads and in turn, how parasites might affect behavioral syndromes.

Coffee and tea at 3:00 p.m.