The SN Behavioural Ecology Lab questions nature and strives to find clues to possible answers. The group was founded at the arrival of Shinichi Nakagawa (SN) to the Department of Zoology, the University of Otago in 2008. We test a wide range of scientific hypotheses using organisms from different taxa (see our research page). We work in collaboration with many other researchers from this department, other departments and from other universities all over the world. We strive to publish high quality research papers, both experimental and reviews - and we love working on meta-analyses and comparative studies.
Our group follows three basic mottos:
1. Questions are more important than organisms.
2. Think like a scientist and act like one too.
3. Complete the cycle if you are going to do it at all (the cycle = conceiving an idea, carrying out a study and writing results up for publication).
Latest Blog Post
"Having a plan B" by Anne Besson
(new posts published approx. monthly)
Jun 2014: Prof. Michael Jennions visited us and gave a superb departmental seminar.
Jun 2014: Yong, a PhD student from UWA, AU, visited us to learn meta-analysis.
May 2014: SN got a paper accepted for TREE journal.
Apr 2014: Nat and Alistair got their paper published in Evolution journal.
Mar 2014: Zofia Prokop visited our group and gave a departmental seminar.
Feb 2014: SN gave a talk at a conference at UNSW, Sydney.
Feb 2014: SN was promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations!
Jan 2014: Farewell BBQ party for Alistair and Catherine [blog post].
Jan 2014: Jarrod Hadfield visited our group and gave a departmental seminar.
Dec 2013: Alistair and Jamie graduated with PhD.
Nov 2013: Losia and Shin got a meta-analysis paper accepted in Obesity Reviews.
Nov 2013: Javier, a PhD student from Massey University, visited us to learn meta-analysis.
Nov 2013: Jolyne and Hannah started helping out with the dunnock project for summer internships.
Oct 2013: SN gave a meta-analysis workshop at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Oct 2013: Danilo joined our group for an exchange visit.
Sep 2013: SN attended a "Personality" Workshop in Germany.
Aug 2013: SN and Losia went to the ESEB conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
Jul 2013: SN visited and gave talks at several places in Germany and UK.
Jun 2013: Katie got a job as a high-school science teacher. Great!
Jun 2013: Alistair defended his PhD. Congratulations!
May 2013: SN was awarded The Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal (Otago media release)
Apr 2013: Carlos arrived to start his PhD with SN.
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