My recently finished PhD project at the University of Nottingham looked at the ecology and evolution of individual behavioural variation.
In recent years, it has become clear that differences in individual behaviour occur among many animal species (leading to the ongoing development of the concepts of animal personality, behavioural syndromes, etc.). My goal was to frame the study of behavioural variation within and between individuals in a broader evolutionary/ecological context.
My interests, however, are not limited to this project. They’re actually quite broad and include, among others:
– Macro-evolution and –ecology
Trends, rates and patterns – Evolvability, robustness and modularity – Phylogeny, diversity and speciation – Origin of life, multicellularity and sex – Social evolution and symbiosis – Plasticity, polymorphism and epigenetics – Human evolution (and its future)
– Ethics and philosophy of science and technology
Concepts in biology – Big Data and its philosophical/societal challenges – AI: risks, benefits, ethics, concepts, minds – Bioethics – Science and society – Transhumanism – Cognitive and neuroscience – Environmentalism and its different guises – Sustainable development
– Culture and behaviour
Cooperation, ‘altruism’ and conflict – Intelligence, culture and comparative cognition – Animal personality, communication and decision making – Human behaviour – Swarm and herd behaviour – The rise and fall of human civilizations and ideologies
If any of this sounds interesting, don’t hesitate to contact me for discussion.