Welcome to the Behavioural Ecology
The Behavioural Ecology Group of the University of Copenhagen studies social behaviour and communication in animals
Vertebrate Behaviour, Emotion, Communication and Cognition: The Behavioural Ecology Group focuses on the behaviour of vertebrates, and in particular on mammals and birds. Our main projects combine the topics of acoustic communication, emotions, cognition and social interactions, in order to understand how emotions influence communication and cognition, how emotions are transmitted between individuals and influence social relationships, and how acoustic communication affects social interactions. We are also interested in how our research can be used to improve animal welfare and for conservation purpose.
Does the territorial behaviour of the Amur tiger affect the accuracy of occupancy estimation?
Accurate estimates of wildlife distributions and population persistence are essential for conservation programs. Occupancy models that...
The use of pigs vocalisation structure to assess the quality of human-pig relationship
Studying human-animal interactions in domestic species and how they affect the establishment of a positive Human-Animal Relationship (H...
Delayed benefits for fallow bucks: more fights decrease same day mating success, but increase matings the next day
Dominance hierarchies help to reduce unnecessary fights and associated costs during the mating season. Fallow deer, Dama dama, typicall...
Primate tourism, where people travel and see non-human primates, is a rapidly growing activity. This chapter introduces the history and...
The past, present, and future of the primate pet trade
Pet primates are those kept typically for companionship, enjoyment, and status, although their uses as pets may extend beyond these par...
Age, empathy, familiarity, domestication and call features enhance human perception of animal emotion expressions
Vocalizations constitute an effective way to communicate both emotional arousal (bodily activation) and valence (negative/positive). Th...