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Simone Ciuti, PhD
Department of Biometry and Environmental System Analysis
University of Freiburg
Tennenbacher Straße 4
79106 Freiburg, Germany
Room 03.064;
phone: +49 761 203 8667
simone.ciuti (at) biom.uni-freiburg.de

I am a researcher in behavioural ecology.

[Moraine lake, Alberta, Canada - August 2012]

Large herbivores have been the main target of my past (and current) research, although I actually am broadening my horizon and doing research on orangutans, cougars, wild cats, river dolphins, marmots, and bats.

I am particularly interested on movement behaviour, meaning that I usually combine traditional behavioural observations with movement data gathered with very high frequency telemetry or recent advances with satellite telemetry, along with data from activity rhythm loggers, motion-activated cameras, vegetation surveys and remote sensing (including Lidar data).

I actually am focusing on within- and across-species inter-individual variability. When such differences are consistent through time, we typically refer to them as personality traits. Recent studies have shown that  such  differences can have important ecological and evolutionary implications. I am particularly thrilled by inter-individual variability in wild populations of mammals and its role on influencing their resilience to external perturbations, such as human disturbance (see example from my research here) and climate change. I also think that one of the most interesting prospects of personality studies is the link between behavioural tendencies and fitness. I am tackling this topic through the lens of movement behaviour.
Feel free to browse the items listed in the left sidebar, and find out my research topics and publications, my current collaborations, and my teaching and student supervision activities at the University of Freiburg. I actually am sitting in the Biometry department led by Prof Carsten Dormann, a vibrant multidisciplinary lab with special attention on developing new tools for environmental data analysis.