ACADEMY OF FINLAND RESEARCH FELLOW and ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, KONRAD LORENZ INSTITUTE OF ETHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, VIENNA — PI
My main interests lie in the interface between behavioural and evolutionary ecology. I am particularly interested in different aspects of communication, animal colouration, predator-prey interactions, aggression, parental care, and life history trade-offs. Thus far, I have been using poison frogs, wood tiger moths, and blue and great tits as study systems. Currently, my primary interests are focused on the evolutionary ecology of tadpole cannibalism in poison frogs, and how this can be modulated by parental decisions; and on how the interactions among tadpoles, and between those and adult frogs, shape the dynamics of disease transmission in the wild. However, I keenly keep doing research on the evolution of multimodal warning signals both in moths and frogs.
Until recently, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Predator-Prey Interactions Research Group, led by Prof. Johanna Mappes, where I studied different aspects of the anti-predator defences of the aposematic wood tiger moth, Arctia plantaginis. Before that, I did my doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. John Endler, starting at the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter (UK) and finishing at the Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University (Australia). My PhD research focused on understanding the apparent paradox of colour pattern variation in aposematic species (see full CV here).
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