Personality - Mate choice - Ontogeny and endocrinology of social behaviour - Maternal effects


Research Fellow,
 
Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Dijon, FRANCE




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    Each individual encounters an array of developmental resources, experiences, and constraints over the course of its development involved in the achievement of species-typical perception and behaviour. My interests lie in better understanding the causes and consequences of individual differences in behaviour across generations and the adaptive significance of non-genetic parental influences.

   I study how early social experience and environment (group size, mate choice, personality, familiarity...) can influence the development of socio-sexual behaviour and social interactions. I also investigate the consequences of disturbance of the prenatal social environment on offspring stress sensitivity. I focus more specifically on hormone-mediated maternal effects on offspring phenotype and development. This work is done in two avian species, the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) and the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), and more recently in a socially monogamous cichlid fish (Amatitlania siquia).

    After a post-doc in The Adkins-Regan lab at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), I joined in 2012, the Biogeosciences lab at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) as a research fellow.









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Cécile SCHWEITZER

Equipe Ecologie Evolutive
Biogéosciences UMR CNRS/uB 6282

Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
6 bd Gabriel
21 000 Dijon - FRANCE

Tel : +33.3.80.39.91.57
Fax : +33.3.80.39.63.87

e-mail : cecile.schweitzer@u-bourgogne.fr