Research Animal Ecology

Effects of density and season on animal personality

Here we investigate how differences in population densities effect the personality of small mammals, by conducting a long-term experiment with experimental populations of different densities.

Vole in maze

Learning and decision-making

In this project we measure individual differences in learning speed and flexibility of small mammals, along with decision-making and personality traits.

Behavioural adaptations to invasion processes

Animal personality may play an important role in invasion and re-colonisation processes. Here we investigate behavioural adaptations in an invasion of voles in Ireland after an accidental introduction

Rodent biodiversity and rodent-born diseases

The project aims at elucidating the interrelations between wildlife biodiversity and dynamics of zoonotic disease at local and European scales.

Garden lights at night

Light pollution and behaviour

In this project we investigate the effect of different intensities of artificial light on individuals and populations of different small mammals.

Indivual niches of coexisting species

Inter-individual differences and coexistence

In this project we investigate the importance of inter-individual differences for ecological interactions of co-occurring individuals and the facillitation of coexistence.

Bank vole feeding on oats

Indirect, tri-trophic effects of fear on biodiversity

In this project we investigate how the movement and foraging strategies of small mammals in a landscape of fear affect the diversity of experimental seed communities.

Pregnancy replacement in mammals

In this project we disentangle potential adaptive and mechanistic explanations for the Bruce effect, i.e. blocking of early pregnancy in reaction to the confrontation with an unknown male, in voles.

Innovation: from diffusion to fitness consequences

Here we analyse the interplay between personality, innovation propensity and spread of innovations in replicated populations of house mice living under semi-natural conditions.

Urban cognition

In this ongoing project, we investigate among-individual variation in behavioural flexibility and innovation propensity in various small mammals species.


Here we compare the effectiveness of conventional wildflower strips and the innovative design of rolling wildflower blocks for increasing insect biodiversity.