Wouter Van Der Bijl

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Wouter Van Der Bijl

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Kontakt

Avdelning:
Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
Telefon:
08-16 15 60
E-post:
wouter.van.der.bijl@zoologi.su.se
ORCID iD:
orcid.org/0000-0002-7366-1868
Fax:
08-15 95 22
Besöksadress:
Svante Arrheniusväg 18 B
Rum:
D 522
Postadress:
Stockholms universitet
Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
106 91 Stockholm

Forskningsintressen

My current work is on understanding selection pressures involved in vertebrate brain evolution. What are the costs and benefits of having a large brain? What specific behavioral advantages to large-brained individuals have? I use guppies that have been artificially selected for relative brain size and compare the behavior of small and large-brained fish.

My current focus is on relating social cognition to brain size, such as social learning, social recognition and memory and contest resolution. I have also done experiments on predator responses of these fish, such as predator inspections and risk taking behavior.

I'm interested in using strong quantitative analysis of animal behavior, such as video tracking and social networks.

I also do some work in R. I've written/am writing:
- The 'phylopath' package for phylogenetic path analysis. It's currently on CRAN (https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/phylopath/index.html).
- The 'trackr' package for analysis and visualization of video tracking data. It's currently in development, and can be found on GitHub (https://github.com/ax3man/trackr).