Together for Biodiversity

Behavioural Ecology - BE



Group Description

CIBIO-InBIO's Behavioural Ecology group was created in 2010, with the objectives of promoting research on strategic themes within the discipline, and providing a supportive environment for postgraduate study. Currently it has members at the universities of Porto and Coimbra. The group investigates functional and evolutionary aspects of behaviour, in areas such as animal communication, reproduction of sex-role reversed species, cooperative breeding, cooperation and altruism in animals and humans, sexual selection, and demographic change. We collaborate with other groups in CIBIO-InBIO, namely those with expertise in population genetics and biodiversity.


Research in the Behavioural Ecology group integrates fieldwork, behavioural and physiological experiments in the lab, and comparative studies. Our strengths are in the areas of animal communication, sociality, sexual selection, reproduction and mating systems.


Some ongoing projects study:

  • Communication by colour ornamentation and birdsong, and their physiological bases.
  • Life histories and mating systems of sex-role reversed fish.
  • Ecological modulation of sexual selection, mating strategies and animal personality.
  • Reproductive altruism in cooperatively breeding animals, and the phylogenetic distribution of sociality.
  • Human cultural differences in altruism, from a game theory and ecological perspective.
  • The insularity syndrome: why island species differ in sexual ornamentation and morphology.





CIBIO-InBIO - Haliots Partnership

CIBIO-InBIO has a partnership with Haliotis, which supports scientific research in Biodiversity, Ecology and Behaviour in Portugal.





Student Supervisions