Animal Behaviour

Penguins following a leader - Animal Behaviour

Scientists, as well as philosophers, have always asked why animals and people behave as they do. Behaviour involves a wide range of traits from animal communication, foraging, sexual behaviour, social organization, and cognition. Research into behaviour ranges from analyses involving hormone levels and gene expression through to addressing broad questions such as the functions that behaviour serves, how behaviour develops, and how did specific behaviours evolve. This area of study draws on expertise from both the Department of Biology as well as the Department of Psychology.