Predator-prey interactions; habitat selection; chemical ecology; wildlife biology.
I am interested in the interaction between habitat ecology, defensive morphology, and antipredator behaviour. Defensive morphology (e.g. cryptic colouration; body armouring) may impact behavioural responses to predators and influence habitat use. My thesis focuses on how development of these defenses alters antipredator behaviour in a morphologically ancestral ‘living fossil’ fish, Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens, Acipenseridae). I am also interested in how animals use and move throughout habitats in the wild. I am exploring aspects of this question in the field. I like to use both laboratory and field methods to answer questions about nature, because I believe they are both invaluable tools for evolutionary ecology research from a behavioural and population ecology perspective.
Van started in June 2011. His work is co-supervised by Doug Chivers (Biology, U of S).Contact Van: firstname.lastname@example.org and check his website: http://www.usask.ca/~van.wishingrad/