School of Animal Biology

Neuroecology

 

Understanding how animals perceive and process their sensory world under different environmental conditions is vital to their survival and underlies the sustainable conservation of biodiversity.

Our research laboratory uniquely integrates the two major fields of:

  • Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system; and
  • Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment;

and bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.

The Neuroecology Laboratory is housed among the University's stunning campus, prizing itself with state-of-the-art facilities. Our research is not just limited to Western Australia; we are involved in many other research collaborations around the globe, leaders of which are world experts in their respective fields.

How we study neuroecology

We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, microspectrophotometry, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment are detected and processed by the central nervous system.

We also use a large range of environmental indicator species to assess biodiversity, the physical constraints to connectivity, the resilience of ecosystems to climate change and ways to protect species’ microhabitats.

Research areas

Our research is divided into five major research areas, each using a variety of model organisms from terrestrial and aerial environments to the aquatic realm.

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Supported by
Government of Western Australia - Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Office of science
 
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