Behavioural traits that enhance success during invasion in freshwater environments
The aim of my PhD project is to explore invasive species’ behaviour, and how different behavioural traits influence invasion success. My specific objective is asking how interactions between invasive and native fish species shape an invader’s ability to deal with novel conditions and predation risk. During my doctoral research I will explore the behavioural adaptations that are key during the first stages of the invasion process using invasive guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and native to México goodeids. To date, these adaptations have been little studied but are potentially very important in determining whether an invasion succeeds or fails.
Prof Anne Magurran (University of St. Andrews)
My main research interests are:
- Invasion processes
- Heterospecific interactions
- Animal behaviour