Yolanda MorbeyWestern Science
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    Kokanee (photo credit - Y. Xu)

Behavioural Ecology - Life History Timing & Behaviour

Behavioural ecology is the study of evolutionary explanations for individual variation in behaviour and life history; phenology is the study of seasonal timing. In my lab, we use a behavioural ecology framework to study variability in how birds and fish time their reproduction and other life history events, especially in a seasonal environment. Ultimately, optimal timing is a resource allocation problem, and we use this principle to explain why timing varies among individuals and how it evolves in changing environments. These are critical questions in this era of climate change, when phenological mismatch with the environment has the potential to negatively affect populations.

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