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Roslyn Dakin

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Queen's University)
Office:Office: 4440K CTTC
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

Behaviour provides a means for animals to respond to diverse challenges in nature. In my lab, we are interested in how the control systems that drive animal behaviour are adapted to the environment. One of our current lines of research is on animal flight, a behaviour that is both physiologically challenging and critical for survival. The biology of flight has broad implications, because animals can achieve agility that far surpasses what we can currently achieve technologically. The study of flight behaviour can also inform wildlife conservation for many declining aerial birds, bats, and insects. Another current line of research focuses on the dynamics of cooperative behaviour and social network structure in animal societies. Overall, our lab takes a highly quantitative approach for defining and analyzing the dynamics of behaviour.

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Selected Publications

Berberi I, Miller ET, Dakin R (2023) The effect of sociality on competitive interactions among birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 290: 20221894.

Scott KM, Danko A, Plant P, Dakin R (2023) What causes bird-building collision risk? Seasonal dynamics and weather drivers. Ecology and Evolution. 13: e9974.

Dakin R, Ryder TB (2020) Reciprocity and behavioral heterogeneity govern the stability of social networks. PNAS. 117: 2993-2999.

Dakin R, Segre PS, Straw AD, Altshuler DL (2018) Morphology, muscle capacity, skill, and maneuvering ability in hummingbirds. Science. 359: 653-657.

Dakin R, Fellows TK, Altshuler DL (2016) Visual guidance of forward flight in hummingbirds reveals control based on image features instead of pattern velocity. PNAS. 113: 8849-8854.