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Behavioural Ecology

Ecologie comportementale II

Responsible Faculty: School of Biology (FBM-BIO)

Teacher(s): Philippe Christe, Alexandre Roulin

Validity: 2009 -> 2009

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
14 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: No
Credits: 1.00, 1.50


Across the animal kingdom, individuals of the same species differ in their propensity to take risks, and explore new environments, and to be active, aggressive or sociable. Individual differences in behaviour that are consistent through time and across contexts are coined 'personalities', 'behavioural syndromes' or 'temperaments'. The terminology of personality is not a mere fashionable label of something usually studied by behavioural ecologists, but useful to conceptualize the common phenomenon that individuals differ markedly and consistently in their behavioural phenotypes across ecological and social contexts. The notion of personality implies that suites of behaviours are correlated within individuals and hence individuals are less flexible than would be expected under optimality models. In this course, I propose to study personality from an evolutionary point of view and also the evolution of language.


This lecture is interactive and illustrated by recent research articles.
7h will be given by A. Roulin and 7h by P. Christe


Réale, D., Reader, S.M., Sol, D., McDougall, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. (2007). Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolution. Biol. Rev., 82, 291-318.

Sih, A., Bell, A.M., Johnson, J.C. & Ziemba, R.E. (2004). Behavioral syndromes: an integrative overview. Q. Rev. Biol., 79, 241-277.

Journaux scientifiques figurant à la bibliothèque du Biophore ou sur internet (http://perunil.unil.ch/perunil/periodiques/).

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