Conference Programme
Wednesday April 7th: Postgraduate workshop 2010
Exploring Animal Societies from Genes to Populations

Aim: To provide an overview of the approaches and methods for studying the structure and function of animal societies.

08.45-10.00: Registration, uploading talks & poster arrangements
10.00: Welcome, conference preview & Exeter highlights
10.15: Seminar 1: From Genes to Social Behaviour: Dr Seirian Sumner Institute of Zoology Zoological Society of London
10:45: Seminar 2: Chemical Communication and Social Behaviour. Tristram Wyatt, University of Oxford
11.15: Refreshments
11.30: Seminar 3: Communication Networks and Social Behaviour. Peter McGregor, Cornwall College
12.00: Seminar 4: Social Behaviour on a Huge Scale: The Social Insects. Dr Rodrigo De Marco, Berlin.
12.30: Lunch
13.45: Seminar 5: The Value of Long-term Data When Studying Social Evolution. Sarah Hodge, University of Exeter
14.15: Seminar 6: Modelling social behaviour:  Larissa Conradt, University of Sussex
14.45: Seminar 7: Exploring Animal Social Networks: Darren Croft University of Exeter.
15.15: Refreshments
15.45: Seminar 8: Charting social interactions with animal-borne video cameras and autonomous, motion-triggered video systems: lessons rom studying New Caledonian crows. Christian Rutz, Oxford University.
16.15: Session 9: Social behaviour and animal welfare: Dr Suzanne Held, University of Bristol.  


Thursday April 8th: Main conference day 1

08.45: Registration desk open, lecture theatre open for uploading talks

09.30: Markus Boeckle (University of Vienna):  The influence of location and call type on individual recognition in common ravens.

09.50: Mat Edenbrow (University of Exeter): Personality traits during development are not intrinsically related to life history in the Mangrove Killifish (Kryptolebias marmoratus)

10.10: Ellie Whittaker (University of Bristol): Surface disruption and animal camouflage.

10.30: Nicola Atton (University of St. Andrews): Social Learning Using Indirect Food Cues in Threespine Sticklebacks.

10.50: Coffee break

11.20: Beth Nicholls (University of Exeter): Investigating the role of pollen as a reward for learning in honeybees (Apis mellifera).

11.40: Mieke Titulaer (Netherlands Institute of Ecology): Effects of personality on learning performance in great tits.

12.00: Neal Haddaway (University of Leeds): The impact of a microsporidian parasite on behaviour in the endangered crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes.

12.20: Sandra Mikolasch (University of Vienna): Causal knowledge vs. local enhancement: How do crows find their food?

12.40: Lunch & committee meetings

14.00: Plenary speaker: : Prof. Dr. Jens Krause (Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Forschungsverbund Berlin): Collective Behaviour and Swarm Intelligence

15.00: Tea break & poster viewing

15.30: Alexander Kotrschal (University of Bern, Switzerland): Environmental change enhances cognitive abilities in fish.

15.50: Sarah Leclair (Université de Toulouse, France): Individual and sex odour signatures in kittiwakes.

16.10: J. Martínez-Padilla. (University of Aberdeen): Don’t show-off because nobody is looking at you; bringing behaviour into a population context in red grouse.

16.30: Rachele Malavasi (Carlo Bo Urbino University, Italy): Acoustic niches in a bird community: the influence of communication patterns on a mixed-species association.

16:50: ASAB outstanding young researcher award: Dr Andy Gardner, University of Oxford   …followed by the winner’s lecture.

17:50: Poster viewing & wine reception
19:00  Conference party.


Friday April 9th: Main conference day 2

09:10: Jess Isden (University of Exeter): Male spotted bowerbirds increase decorations but do not increase bower structural quality when time and energy constraints are reduced.

09.30: Claudia Stephan (University of Vienna): The knowing sex - how male diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana diana) depend on female referential alarm calls.

09.50: Fiona Lethbridge (University of Edinburgh): Strategic ejaculation and its consequences in the beetle Callosobruchus maculatus.

10.10: Emma Foster (University of Exeter): Social network correlates of food availability in an endangered population of killer whales (Orcinus orca).

10.30: Romain Clément (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany): Investigating fish collective behaviour using a robot.

10.50: Coffee break & poster viewing

11.20:  Mike Finnie (University of Cambridge): ‘Home Alone’: Food distribution and chick behaviour is dependent on female presence in Southern Yellow Billed Hornbills.

11.40: Amy Deacon (University of St. Andrews): The behavioural and life-history traits contributing to the remarkable colonisation ability of the guppy (Poecilia reticulata).

12.00: Mary Stoddard (University of Cambridge): Evolution of egg mimicry by the common cuckoo: an avian visual perspective.

12.20: Jolyon Faria (University of Leeds): Collective behaviour in human groups: leadership and information transfer.

12.40-14.00: Lunch & committee meetings

14.00: Plenary speaker: Prof Jane Hurst (Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution Group, Department of Veterinary Preclinical Science, University of Liverpool): Multifunctional scent signals used in mate choice

15.00: Tea break & poster viewing

15.30: David Jacoby (Marine Biological Association of the UK / University of Exeter): Sex and social networking: The influence of male presence on the social structure of female shark groups.

15.50: Damian Smith (University of Exeter): DDT, sex and transposons: DDT resistance and its consequences for males.

16.10: Nicola Reed (University of Exeter): The Use of Novel Technology to Quantify Badger Contact Rates and Movement Patterns: Implications for the Spread of Bovine Tuberculosis.

16.30: Jo Hall (University of Bristol): Can you hide a moving object?

16.50: Awards for best postgraduate talks and posters
17.10: Close of conference